Recent studies suggest the family name Whetstone dates back to the eighth century. Whetstone is a English occupational name of old Scottish origins. The earliest documentation of the surname was found in 1078 from the county of Wiltshire in England. This was a regular term throughout the Middle Ages in Southern England, but now the name is fairly widespread in the UK. During the period of the British Empire the surname spread with the colonies to areas of America, Asia, India and Australia.
Whetstone is the 830th most common surname in Europe. Throughout the world there are around 113710 people with this name. If a certain legal document is to be believed the late 20th century Whetstone's liked a drink or four. A tarnished history is clear, especially around the winter of 1889 when Paul Whetstone stole a sheep and was sentenced to prison.