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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] 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.

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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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  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

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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