The distinguished surname Castiglia 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 Castiglia family lived at or near a "castle."
Early Origins of the Castiglia family
The surname Castiglia 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 Castiglia family
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Castiglia 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 Castiglia 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 Castiglia 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... Another 124 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castiglia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Castiglia family to the New World and Oceana
Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Castiglia or a variant listed above:
Castiglia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Angela Castiglia, aged 36, who landed in America from Montemaggiore, in 1898
- Agostino Castiglia, aged 10, who emigrated to the United States from Calvarus, Italy, in 1899
Castiglia Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angelo Castiglia, aged 24, who settled in America from Cosenza, in 1904
- Andrea Castiglia, aged 21, who settled in America from Roccasecca, Italy, in 1910
- Anna Castiglia, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Tolizzi, Italy, in 1911
- Alfio Castiglia, aged 2, who landed in America from Carlentini, Italy, in 1913
- Angela Castiglia, aged 12, who emigrated to the United States from Sicily, in 1913
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Contemporary Notables of the name Castiglia (post 1700)
- Vincent Castiglia (b. 1982), American painter
- Albert Castiglia (b. 1969), American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist
- Paul Castiglia, American comic book writer and editor known for his work for Archie Comics
- James Vincent Castiglia (1918-2007), American NFL football fullback who played from 1941 to 1948
- Francesco Castiglia (1891-1973), birth name of Frank "the Prime Minister" Costello, Italian gangster and crime boss
- Luca Castiglia (b. 1989), Italian footballer
- Ivan Castiglia (b. 1988), Italian footballer