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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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The surname Stone was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Stone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

Stone Settlers in 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
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Stone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Stone, who settled in Maryland in 1743

Stone Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mrs. Charity Stone U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Josiah Stone U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Ebenezer Stone U.E. (b. 1747) who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1836
  • Mr. John Stone U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Stone U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Kings American Dragoons, arrived with a wife and 3 children
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Stone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Stone, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Stone, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Butler Stone arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Cygnet" in 1836
  • John Edward Stone arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Benjamin Stone arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839
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Stone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr Stone landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Earl Stanhope
  • E J Stone landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • R Stone landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Samuel Stone, aged 26, a blacksmith, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Sarah Stone, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
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  • John Grover Stone (1871-1939), American Republican politician, Circuit Judge in Michigan 12th Circuit, 1922-39
  • Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone (b. 1974), American businessman, co-founder of Twitter
  • Sara Seegar Stone (1914-1990), American actress, best remembered for her role as "Mrs. Wilson" on the 1963 season of Dennis the Menace
  • Robert Stone (1937-2015), American novelist, two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, recipient of the National Book Award for Fiction in 1975 for his novel Dog Soldiers
  • Charles Stone III (b. 1966), American film director and creator of the advertising campaign "Whassup?" for Budweiser, son of Chuck Stone
  • Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr. (1924-2014), American Tuskegee Airman, newspaper editor, columnist, professor of journalism, and author
  • Steven Michael Stone (b. 1947), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Emily Jean "Emma" Stone (b. 1988), American multiple award winning actress, known for her roles in The House Bunny (2008), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), Zombieland (2009) and others
  • Matthew Richard "Matt" Stone (b. 1971), American actor, voice artist, animator, screenwriter, director, co-creator of South Park and co-writier of the 2011 multi-Tony Award winning musical The Book of Mormon
  • Sly Stone (b. 1943), born Sylvester Stewart, an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known for his Sly and the Family Stone, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993
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Stone Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Emma Stone (1877-2014), née Impey Canadian Third Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 2014

Flight 191

  • J Stone, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • J Stone, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur W Stone (b. 1917), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Stretford, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Mathias Hippsley Stone, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. J Stone, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Albert Stone, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John James Stone, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Herbert Stuart Stone, American 1st Class Passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Edmond J. Stone (d. 1912), aged 26, English 1st class Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Edward Thomas Stone (d. 1912), aged 30, English 1st class Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mrs. Martha Evelyn Stone, (née Stevens), aged 62, American First Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 6
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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. 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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