The family name Castleberray is one of the oldest Anglo-Saxon
names of Britain. It was originally a name for a person who worked as a person who worked in a castle.
The original bearer of the surname Castleberray 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 Castleberray is derived from the Old Norman French word castel,
which means castle.
Early Origins of the Castleberray family
The surname Castleberray was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Castleberray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castleberray research.Another 400 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1201, 1273, 1240, 1380, 1426, 1408, 1420, 1421, 1426, 1606 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Castleberray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Castleberray Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Castleberray include Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.
Early Notables of the Castleberray family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Castell (a.k.a. John Castle (c.1380-1426), English academic, Master of University College, Oxford (c.
1408-1420), and later a Chancellor... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castleberray Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Castleberray family to Ireland
Some of the Castleberray family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Castleberray family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: George Castell, who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed by Henry in 1639; George Castell settled in Maryland in 1775; Dorothy Castle settled in Virginia in 1639.