Cheyenne: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cheyenne

Cheyenne

Pronunciation: shiy-AN, shiy-EHN (key)

Origin of the name Cheyenne:

Derived from the Dakota Indian shaiyena which is from shaia (to speak unintelligibly). The name is that of a tribe of Algonquian Indians, as well as a river and city name. Var: Shaienne, Shai’enne.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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The Cheyenne are a Native American nation that once inhabited the area between the Missouri and Arkansas rivers in the Great Plains, but as time went on, the Cheyenne people were eventually pushed more northwest (Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas).

The word “Cheyenne” is French Canadian, originating from Sioux Dakota word “šahíyena” meaning “speak incoherently” from the elements “ša” (red) and “ya” (speak). The Dakotas considered their own Sioux-based language clear and understandable (i.e., “white talkers”); but the Algonquian-based language of the Cheyenne was unintelligible and alien sounding (hence “red talkers”).

In recent years, there have been many variations of the spelling of the name for use as a personal name. However, as a personal name derived from a proper name (Native American tribe), it may be best to spell Cheyenne correctly or you run the risk of looking silly, tacky, and/or disrespectful. It would be akin to spelling Dakota "DaKotah", Cherokee "Chairakee", and Shawnee "Shannie".

Personal experiences with the name Cheyenne: | Edit

sometimes, people ask me if I'm part of the Indian tribe, Cheyenne, and I think that's really cool because I am part Native American but not the Cheyenne part. I also have been asked if I lived in Cheyenne,Wyoming, but I don't. I spell my name differently from the Indian tribe, though with an "S" instead of a "C" ~Sheyenne~

Nicknames for Cheyenne: | Edit

Chey, Anne

Meanings and history of the name Cheyenne: | Edit

The word “Cheyenne” is French Canadian, originating from Sioux Dakota word “šahíyena” meaning “speak incoherently” from the elements “ša” (red) and “ya” (speak). The Dakotas considered their own Sioux-based language clear and understandable (i.e., “white talkers”); but the Algonquian-based language of the Cheyenne was unintelligible and alien sounding (hence “red talkers”).

Famous real-life people named Cheyenne: | Edit

Cheyenne Kimball, an American singer

Cheyenne in song, story & screen: | Edit

Cheyenne Montgomery - Reba TV Series

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