Show ContentsCastellanos History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The long and noble heritage behind the name of Castellanos 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 speakingVisigoths 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 Castellanos family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Castellanos was an occupational name for a person who worked in a castle.

Early Origins of the Castellanos family

The surname Castellanos was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

Early History of the Castellanos family

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Castellanos Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Castellanos family

Prominent among members of the family

  • were sixteenth century Spanish poet and historian Juan de Castellanos, who lived the latter part of his life in the New World
  • nineteenth century Argentinian colonist Aarón Castellanos, who founded the city of Esperanza and contributed greatly to the development of Argentinian agriculture
  • nineteenth century Cuban novelist and journalist Jesús Castellanos
  • nineteenth century Spanish writer and antiquarian Basilio Sebastián Castellanos de Losada

Castellanos Ranking

In the United States, the name Castellanos is the 2,389th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1]

United States Castellanos migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Castellanos Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Rodrigo de Castellanos, to America in 1512
  • Alonso Castellanos to America in 1517
Castellanos Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rodrigo De Castellanos, who arrived in America in 1812 [2]
  • Alonso De Castellanos, who arrived in America in 1817 [2]
  • Francisco Castellanos, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1873 [2]

West Indies Castellanos migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Castellanos Settlers in West Indies in the 19th Century
  • Pedro Antonio Castellanos, who voyaged to Cuba under the orders of Velázquez, and who became a lifelong friend of Hernán Cortés, conquistador of Mexico
  • Juan Castellanos, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Castellanos (post 1700) +

  • Alejandro Luis Castellanos (b. 1986), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Alejandro "Alex" Castellanos (b. 1954), Cuban American political consultant
  • Agustin Wilfredo Castellanos (b. 1902), Cuban-born, American physician
  • Ricardo C Castellanos, American Roman Catholic priest
  • Diego Antonio Castellanos, American television producer and educator
  • Ángel Castellanos Céspedes (1952-2024), Spanish association football centre-back and defensive midfielder
  • Adolfo Jiménez Castellanos (1844-1929), Spanish military officer, the last Spanish Governor General of Cuba
  • César Castellanos, Colombian Christian pastor, founder of the Misión Carismática Internacional
  • Carlos Octavio Castellanos Mijares (b. 1977), Mexican politician, Deputy of the LXII Legislature of the Mexican Congress (2013-)
  • Antonio Castellanos Basich (b. 1946), Mexican sculptor
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. 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)
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