Explore the Family Name Whetstone

The meaning of Whetstone

1. English: habitational name from Whetstone in Leicestershire or Whetstone in Middlesex, or from Wheston in Derbyshire. The placenames derive from Old English hwet-stān ‘whetstone’, and are sited in areas that provided stone suitable for whetstones, i.e. stones used to sharpen knives and blades. 2. Americanized form of German Wettstein.

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How common is the last name Whetstone in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the popularity of the surname Whetstone slightly decreased between 2000 and 2010. In 2000, it was ranked 5674th in popularity, but dropped to 5721st place by 2010, a decrease of 0.83%. However, while the rank decreased, the total number of people with the surname increased from 5611 in 2000 to 6064 in 2010, which is a growth rate of 8.07%. Despite the increase in count, the proportion of individuals with the surname Whetstone per 100,000 people decreased marginally from 2.08 to 2.06.

Proportion per 100k2.082.06-0.96%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Whetstone

In terms of ethnic identity, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows some shifts between 2000 and 2010. The largest increase was seen among those identifying as Hispanic, which rose from 0.89% to 1.65%, an 85.39% increase. Similarly, the percentage of individuals with the surname Whetstone who identified as Asian/Pacific Islander or as belonging to two or more races also saw increases, rising by 32.61% and 56.16% respectively. On the other hand, the percentage of individuals identifying as White decreased slightly from 72.29% to 70.60%. The percentages of those identifying as Black and American Indian and Alaskan Native remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations.

Two or More Races1.46%2.28%56.16%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.61%32.61%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.27%0.3%11.11%

Whetstone ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Whetstone is British & Irish, which comprises 44.7% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (35.5%) and Eastern European (4.0%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Ashkenazi Jewish, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, and Nigerian.

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British & Irish44.7%
French & German35.5%
Eastern European4.0%

Possible origins of the surname Whetstone

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Whetstone have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom90.60%
Greater London, United Kingdom90.60%
Merseyside, United Kingdom90.60%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom90.60%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.70%

What Whetstone haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Whetstone is R-L2, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-L2 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-U152 and R-P311, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Pelton, Lillard, Leeper, Wampler, Rivard, Maggard, Cyr, Mizell, Caraway, Stovall.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Whetstone surname are: H1, H, N. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

whetstonePaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Whetstone have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Whetstone" Surname 59.5%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Whetstone" Surname 22.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Whetstone" Surname 18.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Whetstone" Surname 13.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Whetstone?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Whetstone are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%