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Where did the English Stone family come from? What is the English Stone family crest and coat of arms? When did the Stone family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Stone family history?

The Stone history begins in Cornwall, a rugged coastal region in southwestern England. Quite distinct from Devon, the adjoining county, Cornwall had its own spoken language until the late 18th century. The Stone history began here. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames were derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Unlike most Celtic peoples, who favored patronymic names, the Cornish predominantly used local surnames. The Stone family originally lived in Cornwall. Their name, however, is derived from the Old English word stan, meaning stone, and indicates that the original bearer lived near a prominent stone.

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Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Stone, Stoan and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Stone research. Another 223 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1651, 1639, 1602, 1663, 1633, 1743 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Stone History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Stone family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words(2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Stone:

Stone Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Stone (c. 1603 c. 1660), English settler to Maryland from Northamptonshire in 1619, 3rd Proprietary Governor of Maryland from 1649 to 1655
  • Mrs. Stone, who settled in Massachusetts in 1633
  • Andrew Stone, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Ann Stone, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Francis Stone, who settled in Barbados in 1670


Stone Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ann Stone, who settled in Maryland in 1743

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  • Michael Patrick William Stone (1925-1995), United States Secretary of the Army between 1989 and 1993
  • William Sebastian Stone (1910-1968), American United States Air Force General and the third Superintendent of the United States Air Force Academy
  • Harlan Fiske Stone (1872-1946), American lawyer and 12th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Irving Stone (1903-1989), American novelist known for his biographical novels
  • John Stone Stone (1869-1943), American mathematician, physicist and inventor influential in developing wireless communication technology
  • Lucy Stone (1818-1893), American feminist and abolutionist
  • Sharon Stone (b. 1958), American actress, film producer, and former fashion model
  • Oliver Stone (b. 1946), American film director and screenwriter who has won three Academy Awards
  • Irwin Stone (1907-1984), American biochemist, chemical engineer, and author
  • Isidor Feinstein "I.F." Stone (1907-1989), born Isidor Feinstein, an American investigative journalist and author, best known for his self-published newsletter, I. F. Stone's Weekly

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  • The Andrew Hicks and Charles Stone Families by Lucile Kaufman Novak.
  • Descendants of Henry Stone and Tabitha Tuttle by Eva Laughlin LeBalanc.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever

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  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Stone Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Stone Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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