Show ContentsCastello History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Castello originated in an area of Italy, known as the Papal States. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of the Papal States is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Castello family lived at or near a "castle."

Early Origins of the Castello family

The surname Castello was first found in the year 1070, when Pantaleone Castelli was responsible for the construction of the bronze doors for the church of San Paolo.

Early History of the Castello family

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Castello Spelling Variations

Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Castello include Castelli, Castello, Castella, Castiello, Castiglio, Del Castello, Del Castiglio, Castelletti, Castelletto, Castelletta, Castellini, Castellino, Castellucci, Casteluccio, Castelluzzi, Castelluzzo, Castellotti, Castellotto, Castellone, Castiglione, Castiglioni, Castioni, Castellacci, Castellaccio, Castellazzi, Castellazzo, Castellani, Castellano, Castellana, Castellàn, Castellaneta, Castellari, Castellaro, Castellarini, Castellarìn, Castelfranco, Castelfranchi, Castelnovo, Castelnuovo, Castelnovi, Castelvecchio, Castelvecchi, Castelvetro and many more.

Early Notables of the Castello family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Alberto Castellani was mayor of Cerea in 1210, 1211, and again in 1229; Pierozzo Castellani was a priest in 1390; Luca Castellano was a priest in 1420; Agostino Castelli of Brescia was a military engineer and a prominent architect in 1488; the Da Castello family, who were landowners in Novara during the 12th century; Ludovico Castellani was a famous sculptor in Ferrara in the 15th century; Castellano Castellani was a nobleman in Florence around this time; Salvi Castellucci was a famous painter...
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Castello Ranking

In the United States, the name Castello is the 9,859th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Castello is ranked the 5,521st most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2]

United States Castello migration to the United States +

Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Castello or a variant listed above:

Castello Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jordan Castello, who arrived in Maryland in 1775
Castello Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Castello, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Michael Castello, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Thomas Castello, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Jose Castello, aged 40, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [3]
  • Maria Castello, aged 41, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1829 [3]
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Australia Castello migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Castello Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Castello, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Castello (post 1700) +

  • Marie Castello (1915-2008), known as Madam Marie, an American fortune teller and psychic reader to the stars who included Judy Garland and Bruce Springsteen
  • Robert L. Castello, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 9th District, 1994 [5]
  • Luigi J. Castello, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Bath, 1948; Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Bath, 1956 [5]
  • Eduardo Castelló (1940-2020), Spanish professional racing cyclist
  • Camillo Castello Branco (1825-1890), Portuguese novelist
  • Castello Holford, American author, best known for writing Aristopia in 1895

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Emilio Pallas y Castello, aged 29, Spanish Second Class passenger from Barcelona, Spain who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9 [6]

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