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Re: Correct pronouciation of Cheney
Posted by: Jackson Day (ID *****7357) Date: July 03, 2008 at 04:13:42
In Reply to: Re: Correct pronouciation of Cheney by Alan Cheney of 1923

Hi, Alan.

Another point of concurrence on the side of "chay-knee" is the early spelling of Maryland immigrant Richard as "Cheyney", with the first "y" functioning to make the e an "ay" sound rather than an "eh" sound.

Richard Cheyney, Immigant to Maryland, was not only the ancestor of Vice President Dick Cheney (coincidentally via several females and name changes -- his Cheneys are from New England -- but of presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama. And of President Harry Truman, and of former first lady Rosalyn Carter. But it's family, so if you claim one, you've got to claim them all.

I like Barack Obama's clever double entendre -- when told that he was a distant cousin of Vice President Cheney, he quickly responded, "well, yes, we've always considered him the black sheep of the family."

Are you descended from the Richard Cheyney of Maryland?

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