The first family to be associated with the Stols Nek area was the Stols family, originally from the White River area.
An early family to be associated with the area were the Stols?. They were famous hunters and wagon makers from the White River area, during the two decades before the Second Boer War. One such family member, Gert Frederik Coenraad Stols was a blacksmith and just like his family, loved hunting.
In August 1886, Stols went hunting near Bukweneni River where he became infected with Malaria, and subsequently died. This area was later named Stols Nek.