Castiglione History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Castiglione 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 Castiglione family lived at or near a "castle."

Early Origins of the Castiglione family

The surname Castiglione 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.

Important Dates for the Castiglione family

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Castiglione 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 Castiglione 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 Castiglione 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...
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Castiglione migration to the United States

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

Castiglione Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Angelo di Salvatore Castiglione, aged 31, who landed in America from Termini, in 1899
Castiglione Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Adele Castiglione, aged 38, who landed in America from Napoli, in 1901
  • Alfonso Castiglione, aged 21, who landed in America from Strongoti, Italy, in 1904
  • Andrea Castiglione, aged 23, who landed in America from S. Guiliano, in 1906
  • Angelo Castiglione, aged 38, who landed in America from Licata, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelina Castiglione, aged 18, who settled in America from Girgenti, Sicily, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Castiglione (post 1700)

  • Peter Paul "Pete" Castiglione (1921-2010), American infielder in Major League Baseball
  • Joe Castiglione (b. 1957), American athletic director at the University of Oklahoma
  • Joe Castiglione (b. 1947), American Boston Red Sox radio announcer
  • Virginia Oldoini Countess di Castiglione (1837-1899), Italian courtesan and mistress of Napoleon III
  • Giuseppe Castiglione (1829-1908), Italian painter
  • Giovanni Battista Castiglione (1516-1598), Italian tutor to Princess (later Queen) Elizabeth I
  • Godffredo da Castiglione (d. 1241), Pope Celestine IV
  • Giuseppe Castiglione (b. 1963), Italian politician
  • Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), Italian Jesuit Brother, missionary and court painter in China
  • Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-1664), Italian Baroque artist, painter, printmaker and draftsman
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