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Origin and Meaning of Stone

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  • A user from Arizona, United States says the name Stone is of English origin and means "Hard solid nonmetallic mineral matter of which rock is made, especially as a building material.".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Stone
  1. Concreted earthy or mineral matter; also, any particular mass of such matter; as, a house built of stone; the boy threw a stone; pebbles are rounded stones. "Dumb as a stone." [Chaucer.]"They had brick for stone, and slime . . . for mortar." [Gen. xi. 3.]
  2. A precious stone; a gem."Many a rich stone."Chaucer."Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels."Shak.
  3. Something made of stone. Specifically: -
    1. The glass of a mirror; a mirror.
      "Lend me a looking-glass; If that her breath will mist or stain the stone, Why, then she lives." [Shak.]
    2. A monument to the dead; a gravestone.
      "Should some relenting eye Glance on the where our cold relics lie." [Pope.]
  4. [Med] A calculous concretion, especially one in the kidneys or bladder; the disease arising from a calculus.
  5. One of the testes; a testicle.
  6. [Bot] The hard endocarp of drupes; as, the stone of a cherry or peach. See Illust. of Endocarp.
  7. A weight which legally is fourteen pounds, but in practice varies with the article weighed.(Eng)
  8. Fig.: Symbol of hardness and insensibility; torpidness; insensibility; as, a heart of stone ."I have not yet forgot myself to stone." [Pope.]
  9. [Print] A stand or table with a smooth, flat top of stone, commonly marble, on which to arrange the pages of a book, newspaper, etc., before printing; -- called also imposing stone.

Note: ☞ In popular language, very large masses of stone are called rocks; small masses are called stones; and the finer kinds, gravel, or sand, or grains of sand. Stone is much and widely used in the construction of buildings of all kinds, for walls, fences, piers, abutments, arches, monuments, sculpture, and the like.

Note: ☞ The stone of butchers' meat or fish is reckoned at 8 lbs.; of cheese, 16 lbs.; of hemp, 32 lbs.; of glass, 5 lbs.

Note: Stone is used adjectively or in composition with other words to denote made of stone containing a stone or stones employed on stone, or, more generally, of or pertaining to stone or stones; as, stone fruit, or stone-fruit; stone-hammer, or stone hammer; stone falcon, or stone-falcon. Compounded with some adjectives it denotes a degree of the quality expressed by the adjective equal to that possessed by a stone; as, stone-dead, stone-blind, stone-cold, stone-still, etc.

Etymology: OE. ston stan, AS. stān; akin to OS. & OFries. stēn, D. steen, G. stein, Icel. steinn, Sw. sten, Dan. steen, Goth. stains, Russ. stiena a wall, Gr. �, �, a pebble. √167. Cf. Steen

verb Stone
  1. To pelt, beat, or kill with stones."And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." [Acts vii. 59.]
  2. To make like stone; to harden."O perjured woman! thou dost stone my heart." [Shak.]
  3. To free from stones; also, to remove the seeds of; as, to stone a field; to stone cherries; to stone raisins.
  4. To wall or face with stones; to line or fortify with stones; as, to stone a well; to stone a cellar.
  5. To rub, scour, or sharpen with a stone.

Etymology: From Stone (n.): cf. AS. st�nan, Goth. stainjan

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose ("he wanted a special stone to mark the site")
  2. A lack of feeling or expression or movement ("he must have a heart of stone" and "her face was as hard as stone")
  3. A lump or mass of hard consolidated mineral matter
  4. United States architect (1902-1978)
  5. United States jurist who served on the United States Supreme Court as chief justice (1872-1946)
  6. United States journalist who advocated liberal causes (1907-1989)
  7. United States feminist and suffragist (1818-1893)
  8. United States filmmaker (born in 1946)
  9. United States jurist who was named chief justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1872-1946)
  10. The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed ("you should remove the stones from prunes before cooking")
  11. An avoirdupois unit used to measure the weight of a human body; equal to 14 pounds ("a heavy chap who must have weighed more than twenty stone")
  12. Material consisting of the aggregate of minerals like those making up the Earth's crust ("stone is abundant in New England and there are many quarries")
  13. A crystalline rock that can be cut and polished for jewelry ("she had jewels made of all the rarest stones")
  14. Remove the pits from
  15. Kill by throwing stones at ("People wanted to stone the woman who had a child out of wedlock")
  16. Of any of various dull tannish or grey colors
  1. A surname​.
  2. Various place names, including:
    1. a village in Buckinghamshire, England.
    2. a village in Gloucestershire, England.
    3. a village in Kent, England.
    4. a market town in Staffordshire, England.
    5. a village in Worcestershire, England.
    6. small communities in California, Indiana, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
  3. Counties in Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri, USA; see Stone County.

Notable Persons Named Stone

Stone Cold Steve Austin is a professional wrestler, actor, producer, and professional wrestling. He was most active from 1989 to 2003. Stone was given the name Steven James Anderson on December 18th, 1964 in Austin, Texas.


Stone Gossard is an alternative rock, grunge, glam punk, punk rock, and heavy metal music musician. He plays Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, and Gibson Les Paul. His ongoing career started in 1984. Stone was given the name Stone Carpenter Gossard on July 20th, 1966 in Seattle, Washington, United States. Stone is also known as Carpenter Newton.


Stone Phillips is a news anchor. He was most prominent from 1986 to 1986. Stone was born on December 2nd, 1954 in Texas City, Texas, U.S.


Stone Johnson was a football player. Stone was born on April 26th, 1940 in Dallas. Stone is also known as Johnson and Stone Edward. He breathed his last breath on September 8th, 1963.




Notable Persons With the Last Name Stone

Emma Stone is an actress. She has been prominent since 2004. Emma was given the name Emily Jean Stone on November 6th, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S. Emma is also known as Emily Stone and Riley Stone.


Sharon Stone is an actress, model, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1980. Sharon was given the name Sharon Yvonne Stone on March 10th, 1958 in Meadville, Pennsylvania, U.S.


Roger Stone is a political consulting, republican party (united states), and activism. Roger was given the name Roger Jason Stone, Jr. in Norwalk, Connecticut.


Oliver Stone is a film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1971. Oliver was given the name William Oliver Stone on September 15th, 1946 in New York City, U.S. Oliver is also known as William Oliver Stone.


Victor "Vic" Stone is a comics character.


Joss Stone is a soul music, contemporary r&b, blues, jazz, and funk musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2001. Joss was given the name Joscelyn Eve Stoker on April 11th, 1987 in Dover, Kent, England.


How popular is the baby name Stone in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1919 7 0 7
1922 7 0 7
1923 5 0 5
1924 6 0 6
1925 6 0 6
1926 6 0 6
1927 6 0 6
1933 5 0 5
1936 7 0 7
1942 5 0 5
1954 6 0 6
1971 9 0 9
1978 6 0 6
1987 9 0 9
1988 7 0 7
1989 11 0 11
1990 6 0 6
1991 11 0 11
1992 32 0 32
1993 54 0 54
1994 100 0 100
1995 164 0 164
1996 228 0 228
1997 277 0 277
1998 285 0 285
1999 288 0 288
2000 242 0 242
2001 260 0 260
2002 201 0 201
2003 182 0 182
2004 183 0 183
2005 185 0 185
2006 192 0 192
2007 231 6 225
2008 190 0 190
2009 198 0 198
2010 175 0 175
2011 168 0 168
2012 144 5 139
2013 163 0 163
2014 184 6 178
2015 163 7 156
2016 187 9 178
2017 192 7 185

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Popularity of Stone as a first name

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Popularity of Stone as a last name

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Common last names for Stone

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Stone U.S.
  White 85.95% 64.26%
  African American 8.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Stone

People with the last name Stone are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Stone

  • How Popular is the name Stone? Stone is the 3,790th most popular name of all time. As a last name Stone was the 178th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Stone have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,993 babies born with the first name Stone in the United States. That's more than enough people named Stone to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Stone? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Stone first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Stone is Sunday, April 30th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Stone born? The highest recorded use of the first name Stone was in 1999 with a total of 288 babies.
  • Random Stone Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Stone is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 19 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Stone: Your name in reverse order is Enots. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otesn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Stone? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 153,329 people with the last name Stone.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Stone? Stone was ranked as the 178th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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