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Where did the English Castor family come from? What is the English Castor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Castor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Castor family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Coster, Costar, Costard, Costerman and others.

First found in Gloucestershire in the west of England where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castor research. Another 169 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 23 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Castor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Samuel Castor, who landed in Virginia in 1664

Castor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Julius Castor, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867

Castor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Joseph Castor, aged 46, landed in St Pierre and Miquelon in 1767

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  • Betty Castor (b. 1941), American educator and politician, past President of the University of South Florida
  • Bruce Castor (b. 1961), American lawyer and politician, District Attorney of Montgomery County
  • George A. Castor (1855-1906), American politician
  • Jimmy Castor (b. 1947), American pop and funk musician, best known of his hit Troglodyte (Cave Man)
  • Kathy Castor (b. 1966), American politician, U.S. Representative for Florida's 11th congressional district
  • Brian Castor (1889-1979), Guyanese-born, English cricketer


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  • Benjamin Castor (1741-1825) and Descendants.
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  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Castor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Castor 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 2015 at 02:04.

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