One of the most common questions I get asked is how to pronounce my surname “Cheyne” – and what its origin is. I’ve heard all sorts of attempts in my life so here’s a quick post to clear it up!
My family pronounces it “Chain”. It’s the simplest, and that’s what I use. Other common variants are “Chay-nee” and “Shane”, and I respond to both of those.
As for the origin, it’s claimed as an English, French, Scottish and Irish name.