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

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Casteel first began in medieval Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Since Spain was periodically dominated by both the Germanic speaking Visigoths and the Arabic and Muslim Moors in its past, it's surnames share much in common with the surnames of both of these nations. Many people, such as the Casteel family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Casteel was an occupational name for a person who worked in a castle.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Castellano, Castellanos and others.

First found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casteel research. Another 386 words(28 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Casteel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 75 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Casteel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Casteel Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Aleteuizie Casteel, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Wm Casteel, aged 24, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • Marie Casteel, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1904
  • Oscar Casteel, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Gerald Casteel, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1910

Casteel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Anto Casteel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Felix Casteel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Casteel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750


  • Terry Casteel, who with his twin brother Ted and their wives, founded Bethel Heights Vineyard, an Oregon winery in 1977
  • Seth Casteel, American photographer
  • Joshua Casteel (1979-2012), United States Army soldier, conscientious objector, playwright, and divinity student
  • Frances Carter Barron Casteel (b. 1942), American attorney and Republican politician, Texas State Representative from District 73 (2003-2007), County judge of Comal County, Texas (1991-1998)
  • Jeff Casteel, American football defensive coordinator for the Arizona Wildcats football team
  • Miles W. Casteel (1895-1977), American head college football coach at the University of Arizona


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  6. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
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  8. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-209).
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Casteel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Casteel 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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