Castillo History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Castillo surname came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century. They were originally from the Norman family Nangles, or de Angulos, and descended in Ireland from Gilbert de Nangle. Costello and associated variations come from the personal name of a son of Gilbert, Oisdealbhach, whose name consists of the elements "os," which means "deer or fawn", and "dealbhadh," which means "in the form of" or "resembling." The Gaelic form of the surname Castillo, which predated the Anglicized version of the name, is Mac Oisdealbhaigh. This is the earliest recorded example of a Norman family assuming a Mac surname. The prefix O has sometimes been erroneously assumed.
Early Origins of the Castillo family
The surname Castillo was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they were granted lands by the Earl of Pembroke in the Anglo- Norman invasion of 1172.
Early History of the Castillo family
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Castillo Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Castillo revealed many spelling variations including Costello, MacCostello, Costillo, Costallo, Kostello, McCostello, Caustello, Costellow and many more.
Early Notables of the Castillo family (pre 1700)
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Castillo migration to the United States +
During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Castillo:
Castillo Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
- Catalina Castillo, who arrived in Cartagena in 1597
Castillo Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Maria Del Castillo, who settled in New Orleans in 1778
- Josefa Del Castillo, who settled in New Orleans in 1779
- Geronimo Castillo, who settled in Louisiana in 1779
Castillo Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Antonio Castillo, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 
- Manuel Castillo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 
- Rafael Del Castillo, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1803 
- Bartolome Del Castillo, who arrived in America in 1812 
- Gonzalo Del Castillo, who arrived in America in 1814 
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Castillo migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Castillo Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Miss Catherine Castillo, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 
- Miss Mary Castillo, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sandford" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th July 1856 
Contemporary Notables of the name Castillo (post 1700) +
- Robert Ernie "Babo" Castillo Jr. (1955-2014), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1977 to 1985
- Frank Anthony Castillo (1969-2013), American Major League Baseball starting pitcher who played from 1991 through 2005
- Ana Castillo (b. 1953), Mexican-American Chicana novelist, poet, short story writer, and essayist
- Joey Castillo (b. 1966), American rock drummer
- Brian Castillo (b. 1968), American musician, producer, and photographer
- Edward J. Castillo, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1877-79 
- Carmen P. Castillo, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Texas, 2000 
- Carlos Castillo, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 2008 
- Blanca A. Castillo, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State Board of Education 11th District, 2002 
- Angel M. Castillo, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1996 
- ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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The Castillo Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ne te quaesiveris extra
Motto Translation: Seek nothing beyond your sphere.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html