The name Castlen is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a person who worked in a castle.
The original bearer of the surname Castlen 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 Castlen is derived from the Old Norman French word castel,
which means castle.
Early Origins of the Castlen family
The surname Castlen was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Castlen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castlen research.Another 167 words (12 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 Castlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Castlen Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Castlen include Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.
Early Notables of the Castlen 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 Castlen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Castlen family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Castlen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.