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The Anglo-Saxon name Casto comes from when the family resided near a notable chestnut tree. The surname is derived from Anglo-French casteyn, which means chestnut. As such, Casto is a member of the topographic class of surnames, which were given to people who resided near noticeable physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of tree. However, Casto may also belong to the category of habitation surnames which were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. In this case, the surname Casto is derived from the parish of Caston which lies near Watton in the county of Norfolk.

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The surname Casto was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Casto has been recorded under many different variations, including Caston, Catestune, Casteyn, Cateston, Coston, Caustun, Castine, Castin, Castoun and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Casto research. Another 392 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1273, 1327, 1349, 1369, 1415, 1500, 1604, 1790, and 1796 are included under the topic Early Casto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Casto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Casto or a variant listed above:

Casto Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis Casto, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

Casto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Antonio Casto, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Colle Sannita, Italy, in 1913
  • Antonio Casto, aged 21, who landed in America from Messina, Italy, in 1913
  • Angela Casto, aged 16, who emigrated to America from Isok d'Aste, Italy, in 1914
  • Antonina Casto, aged 18, who landed in America from Nicosia, Italy, in 1917

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  • Kory C. Casto (b. 1981), former American Major League Baseball player
  • Eva Jane Casto, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia Democratic State Executive Committee, 1949, 1961
  • Esker Casto, American Democrat politician, Chair of Upshur County Democratic Party, 1949
  • Dorr Clayton II Casto (1915-1958), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wood County, 1941-42; Defeated, 1942; Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1950; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1952
  • Dennis Casto, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 78th District, 1998
  • Dale George Casto (1900-1958), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1940; Candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1956
  • Clint Adison Casto, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates, 2010 (32nd District), 2012 (39th District)
  • Carroll W. Casto (1925-1995), American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Mason County, 1961-64; Appointed 1960
  • Brian O. Casto, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2008, 2012 (alternate)
  • Boyd Cleo Casto (1892-1951), American Democrat politician,Member of West Virginia State Senate 4th District, 1939-42; Chair of Jackson County Democratic Party, 1940

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  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Casto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Casto 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.

This page was last modified on 4 May 2016 at 11:23.

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