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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Cheyenne

The name Cheyenne has some fascinating stories around its origins. It is a translation of the Native American term ‘šahiyena’ from the Lakota tribe, meaning ‘red speakers.’ The Lakota tribe comes under the Native American Sioux tribe. They used the word for indigenous people of the Great Plains because their language was unrelated and sounded alien to them. The term is also used for their language.

Some popular variations of the name include Chey, Shyanne, and Cheyanne. The last form as a name has been in use since the 1950s.

Cheyenne is the capital of the American state of Wyoming and serves as the county seat of Laramie County. There is also a town by the name of Cheyenne in Roger Mills County where the Battle of Washita took place. This is where George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Cheyenne village on the Washita River in 1868.

Cheyenne Bottoms is, by its size, the largest wetland in the interior United States, located in the central Great Plains of North America. The river flowing through the Thunder Basin National Grassland, Wyoming, into Lake Oahe in South Dakota is called Cheyenne.

The name has popped up on TV now and then, with the most famous being the TV series Cheyenne, a Warner Bros original western starring Clint Walker as the titular protagonist that was broadcast from 1955 to 1962. In the American TV series Big Sky which premiered in 2020, Cheyenne is the name of the daughter of rancher Horst Kleinsasser.

In 2010, the pilot of a TV series named ‘Cheyenne Cinnamon and the Fantabulous Unicorn of Sugar Town Candy Fudge’ or ‘Cheyenne Cinnamon,’ was aired on Cartoon Network. But, unfortunately, the show was not picked up for an entire series.

In music, Cheyenne is the name of pop star Jason Derulo’s song from his 2015 album ‘Everything Is 4.’ Hollywood legend Marlon Brando and rocker Chris Robinson have popularized the name by naming their children Cheyenne.


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Famous People With The Name Cheyenne

  • Cheyenne David JacksonAmerican actor/singer, nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards and Grammy Award
  • Cheyenne BrandoFrench Model, daughter of Hollywood star Marlon Brando
  • Cheyenne HaynesAmerican actress/artist, best known as Eva in the Lifetime Movie Network’s Lies in Plain Sight
  • Cheyenne KimballAmerican singer/musician, single ‘Hanging on’ made it to the Billboard Hot 100
  • Cheyenne KnightAmerican golfer, won Volunteers of America Classic on the LPGA Tour
  • Cheyenne ParkerAmerican basketball player, scored a new career-high 24 points in 2020

Cheyenne On The Popularity Chart

Cheyenne was a less-preferred name on the popularity chart during the 1980s. It peaked during the 1990s, but has shown a fluctuating trend. Let us look at its performance as given in the graph provided by the Social Security Administration.

Popularity Over Time

Parents did not prefer the name Cheyenne much during the 1980s. However, the name came back during the 1990s when an average of 4865 babies per million shared the title in 1996. Going by the chart, it is slowly declining as of 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Cheyenne had the lowest ranking of 912 on the chart in 1981. However, it peaked at the 68th position in the chart in 1997 before a gradual decline finally going down to 661 in 2021.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Cheyenne

Cheyenne sounds good but you don’t like it. Take a look at the list below for names with a similar sound.

Names With Same Meaning As Cheyenne

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Name Numerology For Cheyenne

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