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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The saga of the name Castle follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person who worked in a castle. The original bearer of the surname Castle may have held the post of governor or constable of the castle. However, the surname might also be derived from residence near a castle, or from services or rent owed to a castle. The surname Castle is derived from the Old Norman French word castel, which means castle.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Castle were recorded, including Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castle research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1201, 1273, 1240, 1606 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Castle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Castle family emigrate to North America:

Castle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Gregory Castle settled in Maine in 1624
  • Henry Castle, who landed in Fairfield, Conn in 1635
  • Geo Castle, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Georg Castle, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Dorothy Castle settled in Virginia in 1639


Castle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Joann Castle, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Johannes Castle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Hillis Castle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Christian Castle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Mary Castle, who arrived in Maryland in 1740


Castle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • L Castle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • R B Castle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Wm H Castle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
  • Charles B. Castle, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880

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  • Jeremy Castle, American country music singer/songwriter
  • Peggie Castle (1927-1973), American actress, known for her work on Lawman (1958), Beginning of the End (1957) and Invasion U.S.A. (1952)
  • William Ernest Castle (1867-1962), American biologist
  • Brigadier General Frederick Walker Castle (1908-1944), Highly decorated American soldier who was awarded both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Croix de Guerre during WWII
  • William Castle (1914-1977), American director, producer and actor, known for his work in radio with Orson Wells, and later with Vincent Price in House on Haunted Hill (1959) and The Tingler (1959)
  • James Castle, American three-time Primetime Emmy Award winning graphic designer, known for his work on The X-Files (1993), Cheers (1982) and Knots Landing (1979)
  • Diana Castle (b. 1957), American actress, known for her work on Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Rapid Fire (1992)
  • Michael Newbold "Mike" Castle (b. 1939), American politician, 69th Governor of Delaware (1985-1992), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware's At-large district (1993-2011)
  • Roy Castle, English entertainer
  • Barbara Anne Castle PC, GCOT (b. 1911), Baroness Castle of Blackburn, nee Betts, English Labour politician, Secretary of State for Social Services (974-1976), First Secretary of State (1968-1970) and Secretary of State for Employment (1968-1970)

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The Castle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Castle 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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