The founding heritage of the Castlemain family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Castlemain comes from when one of the family worked as a person who worked in a castle.
The original bearer of the surname may have held the post of governor or constable of the castle. The surname Castlemain is derived from the Old Norman French word castel,
which means castle.
The suffix man
denotes a servant.
Early Origins of the Castlemain family
The surname Castlemain was first found in Dorset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Castlemain family
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Castlemain Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Castlemain has been spelled many different ways, including Castleman, Casselman, Cassman, Cassellman and others.
Early Notables of the Castlemain family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Castlemain family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Castlemains to arrive in North America: Ann Judith Castleman who settled in New York with her husband, Christian, and daughter Eva, in 1710.