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Where did the English Castle family come from? 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 history of the name Castle dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family 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.


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Castle has undergone many spelling variations, including Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.

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


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.


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


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Castle were among those contributors:

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


  • 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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