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Where did the French Castelain family come from? What is the French Castelain family crest and coat of arms? When did the Castelain family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Castelain family history?

The Medieval culture once found in the northwestern region of France known as Brittany is the soil from which the many generations of the Castelain family have grown. The name Castelain was given to a member of the family who was a governor or steward of a castle having derived from the Old French word "castelain," which referred to some of that profession.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Castelain include Chatelain, Chatelaine, Chatellain, Chatellaine, Chattelain, Chattelaine, Chattellain, Chattellaine, Chatelains, Chatelaines, de Chatelain, du Chatelain, Châtelain, Châtelaine, Châtellain, Châtellaine, Châtelains, Châtelaines, Chastelain, Castelain and many more.

First found in Brittany, where the family has held a family seat since ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castelain research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1403, 1475, 1500, 1829, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Castelain History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castelain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Immigration to New France was slow; therefore, early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Castelain has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Castelain were P.H. Chatelain settled in New Orleans in 1822; Antoine Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1750 from Champagne; Francois Chatelaine settled in Quebec in 1722 from Ile-de-France..

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The Castelain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Castelain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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