1) Two brothers James and Charles Stone arrived in South Africa as 1820 Settlers. They were both gardeners. In the 1930's there were two Stone families who lived in Queenstown. Each family had six boys. One family was Afrikaans speaking, they were builders and business people and settled in Queenstown. The boys of the other family who's father Henry worked for South African Railways all left Queenstown to settle in Johannesburg, Durban, East London and George after seeing active service in North Africa during World War 2. John and Charles were taken prisoner at Tobruk and Fred saw action at El Alemain and in Italy. Fred later settled in George where he played cricket and rugby and was instrumental as Chairman of the Local Sports Union in the building of the Outeniqua Park Stadium.
2) This surname is English, and one of the first recorded anywhere in the world. It may be either topographic for someone who lived by a notable outcrop of rock, a stone boundary-marker or monument, or it may be locational from of the places called 'Stone' in Southern, Western, and Midland, England. These include the villages of Stone in Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Staffordshire, Somerset, and Worcestershire. The name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "stan" or "stanas" meaning "the stone" or "stones". The village of Stone in Hampshire, for instance, was very likely named from a stone which acted as a sign post, and marked the point where boats left from Hampshire to cross to the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. The surname was first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century (see below) and one of the earliest recordings being that of Robert Ston in the charters known as the "Curia Regis" Rolls for the county of Oxfordshire, and dated 1212. Other interesting recordings include Benjamin Stone, who flourished in circa 1630. He established the earliest known English sword-factory on Hounslow Heath, what is now London Airport. Symon Stone, given as being a "husbandman", left London on the ship "Increase" bound for the colonies of New England on April 15th 1635. He was one of the earliest settlers in America. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter de Stanes. This was dated 1130, in the records known as the "Staffordshire Chartulary", during the reign of King Henry 1 of England. He was known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. Throughout the centuries surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
Balázs Déri's opinion :
Stoney tribe on the prairy may descend from Nestór son of Poseidáón as siouxs in general are an offspring of A-wa-ya-se-pa and his son A'appa-Rawama ,and be related to oristine in the Southern country .
But Stón considered to be son of Hermés as well of whom g'hermáns alias hermions,herminons or hermundurs come.
See Sidó,Ornstein !
4) from Old English, stān, meaning stone. Most commonly a topographic name used for anyone living on stony ground or a notable outcrop of rock, stone boundary marker, or monument. But used for someone who is a stone mason or stone cutter. The name was brought independently to New England by many bearers from the 17th century onwards. As an example: a) Gregory Stone (1590-1672) came to North America in 1635 and is bites in the old burial ground at Cambridge, MA. B) Thomas Stone (1743-1787) is one of the signers in the Declaration of Independence and was born into a prosperous family at Poynton Manor, MD. He was a descendant of William Stone (c. 1603-?) who had emigrated to Virginia from Northamptonshire in England around 1628 and who later became governor of Maryland.