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The surname Whetstone was first found in Leicestershire at Whetstone, a village and civil parish in the Blaby district that dates back to at least the Domesday Book where it was listed as Whetstone and Westham. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
This village was held by under-tenant Ralph, a Norman noble, who held by the Robert Beaumont, Count of Meulan who held these lands and ninety other manors in Leicester, Warwick and Wiltshire. Rather small by standards of the day, the village held one mill, had 16 acres of meadow and was land enough for 7 ploughs. Whetstones or water stones are used to grind and hone the edges of steel tools and implements. Charnwood Forest in northwest Leicestershire, has been quarried for centuries, and has been a major source of whetstones and quern-stones.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Whetstone, Wetstone, Wetston, Whytstone, Whetston and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whetstone research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1557, 1544, 1587, 1711, 1630 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Whetstone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Whetstone (d. 1557), English landowner who owned the manor of Walcot at Barnack, near Stamford, Lincolnshire; and his son, George Whetstone (1544-1587), English dramatist and author; Rear Admiral Sir William Whetstone...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Whetstone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whetstone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Whetstone, who landed in Maryland in 1666
  • John Whetstone, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

Whetstone Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Henry Whetstone, who landed in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1743
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  • Henry Whetstone and Esther Whetstone, American chocolate makers who founded Whetstone Chocolates, St. Augustine, Florida in 1967
  • Diane McKinney Whetstone (b. 1953), African American author
  • Peter Whetstone (d. 1843), American early pioneer leader in the Republic of Texas, co-founder of the city of Marshall, Texas
  • William Edwin "Ed" Whetstone (1908-1987), American businessman and civic leader
  • Martha Whetstone, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996
  • Frank Whetstone, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1948 (alternate), 1952
  • David Whetstone, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 2012
  • Dan Whetstone, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1932, 1936 (member, Credentials Committee); Member of Republican National Committee from Montana, 1940
  • Timothy John "Tim" Whetstone, Australian politician, Member of the South Australian Parliament for Chaffey (2010-)
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  • Whetstone Family of Wilkinson County, Mississippi by Levi Jackson Horlacher.
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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

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  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. 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. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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