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The saga of the name Castle follows a line reaching back through history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was a name for someone who worked as a person who worked in a castle.
The original bearer of the surname Castle may have held the post of governor or constable of the castle. However, the surname might also be derived from residence near a castle, or from services or rent owed to a castle. The surname Castle is derived from the Old Norman French word castel,
which means castle.
The surname Castle was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Castle were recorded, including Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castle research. Another 333 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1201, 1273, 1240, 1606 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Castle History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Castle family emigrate to North America:
Castle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Gregory Castle settled in Maine in 1624
- Henry Castle, who landed in Fairfield, Conn in 1635
- Geo Castle, who landed in Virginia in 1637
- Georg Castle, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
- Dorothy Castle settled in Virginia in 1639
Castle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Joann Castle, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
- Johannes Castle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
- Hillis Castle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1727
- Christian Castle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
- Mary Castle, who arrived in Maryland in 1740
Castle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- L Castle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- R B Castle, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
- William H Castle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879
- Charles B. Castle, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880
Castle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Anthy Castle, who came to Nova Scotia in 1749
- Anthy Castle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Edward Castle, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Castle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Baker Castle, who arrived in Ottawa in 1817
Castle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edward Castle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839
- James Castle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1848
- Charles Castle, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
- Stephen Castle, aged 44, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
- Thomas Castle, aged 14, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Caroline"
Castle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Castle, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Maria Castle, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Ann Castle, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Jane Castle, aged 7, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- James Castle, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1840
- Michael Newbold "Mike" Castle (b. 1939), American politician, 69th Governor of Delaware (1985-1992), Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware's At-large district (1993-2011)
- Diana Castle (b. 1957), American actress, known for her work on Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Rapid Fire (1992)
- James Castle, American three-time Primetime Emmy Award winning graphic designer, known for his work on The X-Files (1993), Cheers (1982) and Knots Landing (1979)
- William Castle (1914-1977), American director, producer and actor, known for his work in radio with Orson Wells, and later with Vincent Price in House on Haunted Hill (1959) and The Tingler (1959)
- Peggie Castle (1927-1973), American actress, known for her work on Lawman (1958), Beginning of the End (1957) and Invasion U.S.A. (1952)
- Jeremy Castle, American country music singer/songwriter
- Brigadier General Frederick Walker Castle (1908-1944), Highly decorated American soldier who was awarded both the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Croix de Guerre during WWII
- William Ernest Castle (1867-1962), American biologist
- Andrew Nicholas Castle (b. 1963), English retired tennis professional, former British No. 1
- Barbara Anne Castle PC, GCOT (b. 1911), Baroness Castle of Blackburn, nee Betts, English Labour politician, Secretary of State for Social Services (974-1976), First Secretary of State (1968-1970) and Secretary of State for Employment (1968-1970)
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The Castle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Castle 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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