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This is a very unusual Irish surname. Recorded as McChesney, and more often Chesney, and sometimes in County Cork as Chaney, it is generally to be found in the province of Ulster in Northern Ireland. It is a rare example of a Gaelic form of a French invaders name. The Chesney's originally went to England with the invasion army lead by William, Duke of Normandy in the year 1066, when he conquered the country. Later they received large land grants in the counties of Sussex and Kent, for their support.

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