Its source is shaiyena, a French name meaning "Unintelligible speakers."
The name Cheyanne ranked 412th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics.
This is a Canadian French construction of the Lakota name for another central North American tribe.
The Lakota, or Sioux, speak a Hokan-Siouan language, while the Cheyenne themselves speak an Algonquian language. The Cheyenne call themselves by a word in their own tongue that sounds somewhat like their Hokan-Siouan name, but which means ''our people.''