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Quick Facts on Cheyenne

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 328
Simple meaning:
Speak incoherently

Characteristics of Cheyenne

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Cheyenne

Cheyenne is a modern female given name taken from an Indian nation of Native Americans who once inhabited the area between the Missouri and Arkansas rivers in the Great Plains. The tribal name “Cheyenne” is a French-Canadian corruption of the Sioux Dakota word “šahíyena” meaning "one who speaks incoherently" from the elements “ša” (red) and “ya” (speak). The Dakotas considered their own Sioux-based language clear and understandable (i.e., "white-talkers"); while the Algonquian-based language of the Cheyenne was incoherent and alien sounding (hence the "red-talkers"’). The Cheyenne were one of the most prominent of all the Great Plains Indian Nations and were closely allied with the Lakotas to the east and the Arapahos to the south. As time went on, the Cheyenne people were eventually pushed more northwest (Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas). In fact, the state capital of Wyoming is named after the Cheyenne Indians. As with the popularity of Dakota for little girls, Cheyenne is another Native-American inspired name fast becoming a favorite with American parents.

Popularity of the Name Cheyenne

Cheyenne first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1980, so she actually predates the name Dakota by about 10 years. Cheyenne quickly ascended the charts and managed to land a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl names in 1994. The name’s peak popularity came between the years 1996 and 1997 when Cheyenne reached #68 on the charts. Her time on the Top 100 list would be brief (seven years); Cheyenne fell off the Top 100 list in 2001. Since the turn of the 21st century, Cheyenne has been experiencing backwards momentum on the charts. No longer a Top 200 favorite today, it appears as if Cheyenne was another fleeting fad of the 1990s. Regardless, this name is all-American. It’s not only a respectful tip-of-the-hat to a nation of people who occupied this land before any American, but it’s also a simply gorgeous name. There’s a ruggedness quality to Cheyenne; we picture a cowgirl in Montana or Wyoming. Ironically, Cheyenne is a Top 100 favorite name in the states of Oklahoma and Delaware – two states where the Cheyenne nation did not extend their presence. Cheyenne is also not exactly spelled as it sounds. You’d think Cheyenne would sound more like “SHEY-en” instead of “SHY-ann” – which gives a whole new meaning to its etymology: ‘speak incoherently’!
Popularity of the Girl Name Cheyenne
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Cheyenne

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Cheyenne

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Cheyenne

    Cheyenne We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Cheyenne.

  • Popular Songs on Cheyenne

    Popular Songs on Cheyenne

    Can Still Make Cheyenne - a song by George Strait

    Cheyenne - a song by Good Riddance

    Cheyenne - a song by Guided By Voices

    Cheyenne - a song by Hanoi Rocks

    Cheyenne Anthem - a song by Kansas

    Old Cheyenne - a song by Joe Nichols

    The Beaches of Cheyenne - a song by Garth Brooks

    The Cheyenne Line - a song by Ataris

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Cheyenne

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Cheyenne

    Apples for Cheyenne: A Story about Autism, Horses and Friendship (Elizabeth K Gerlach) - Apples for Cheyenne is an engaging children’s book about a girl with autism who finds friendship through her time with Cheyenne, a gentle horse. Follow Rachel and her friends as they go on a horseback riding adventure. Children will delight in this heartwarming tale while also learning about autism and other disabilities. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Cheyenne Again (Eve Bunting) - It is a sad and frightening day when the Taking Man insists that ten-year-old Young Bull must leave his home and family on the Cheyenne Reservation and spend most of the year at a faraway boarding school, learning the white man's ways. Young Bull is very homesick at the harsh, regimented school and tries to run away back to his home. He is unsuccessful, but he learns that he can be "Cheyenne again" in his art and memories. The author does a good job of presenting this difficult situation in a picture book format. A brief Afterword gives some background information on this part of American history. The realistic, watercolor illustrations by a Navajo artist, who had a similar school experience, complement the text well. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    The Cheyennes: A First Americans Book (Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve) - Sneve takes children through Cheyenne creation stories, westward migration, culture, history, and conditions for the tribe today. Her text distills the cultural relationships among the people into understandable descriptions of male/female/child roles within the family and in the broader social structure. The tragic heritage of Cheyenne-white violence takes up the bulk of the text. Himler's watercolors take the form of clear maps and marvelously rendered characters. Their faces have muted features; the figures have form, style, and detail. A worthy addition that brings to life these people and their culture. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Cheyenne

    Famous People Named Cheyenne

    Famous People Named Cheyenne - Cheyenne Silver (adult actress); Cheyenne Tozzi (Australian model)

  • Children of Famous People Named Cheyenne

    Children of Famous People Named Cheyenne

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Cheyenne - Marlon Brando (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Cheyenne - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Cheyenne - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Cheyenne.

Personality of the Girl Name Cheyenne

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Cheyenne

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