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Where did the English Casto family come from? When did the Casto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Casto family history?

In ancient Anglo-Saxon England, the ancestors of the Casto surname lived near a notable chestnut tree. The surname is derived from Anglo-French casteyn, which means chestnut. As such, Casto is a member of the topographic class of surnames, which were given to people who resided near noticeable physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree. However, Casto may also belong to the category of habitation surnames which were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case, the surname Casto is derived from the parish of Caston which lies near Watton in the county of Norfolk.

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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Casto are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Casto include: Caston, Catestune, Casteyn, Cateston, Coston, Caustun, Castine, Castin, Castoun and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casto research. Another 392 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1273, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1415, 1500, 1604, 1790, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Casto 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 Casto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Casto or a variant listed above:

Casto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis Casto, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Casto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Antonio Casto, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Colle Sannita, Italy, in 1913
  • Antonio Casto, aged 21, who landed in America from Messina, Italy, in 1913
  • Angela Casto, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Isok d'Aste, Italy, in 1914
  • Antonina Casto, aged 18, who landed in America from Nicosia, Italy, in 1917

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  • Kory C. Casto (b. 1981), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Espinosa Barriga Casto (b. 1982), Spanish footballer
  • Secundino María Méndez Núñez Casto (1824-1869), Spanish military naval officer
  • Innocenzio Ansaldi Casto (1710-1780), Italian professor, theologian and archaeologist


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