The surname Castrillo is one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Spain
. The original bearer of the name Castrillo, which is a local
surname, once lived, held land, or was born in one of the places named Castrothe, which is the name of many places in Spain. The place-name Castro is derived from the Latin word "castrum," which means "fortress." During the Reconquista, there were numerous fortresses in the Iberian Peninsula that were used as a refuge for the Christian troops who fought against the Muslim Moors
. The fortresses also protected the civilian population and the new settlers in the area.
Early Origins of the Castrillo family
The surname Castrillo was first found in Castile
, an important kingdom of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Castrillo family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castrillo research.Another 451 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1239, 1240, and 1242 are included under the topic Early Castrillo History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Castrillo Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Castrillo family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family were fourteenth century nobleman Fernando de Castro, brother-in-law of King Peter I; fifteenth century nobleman Fadrique Castro, Count of Trastamara; sixteenth century Spanish theologian Alfonso de Castro; Spanish Golden Age playwright Guillén de Castro; eighteenth century Mexican philosopher... Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castrillo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Castrillo family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Vaca de Castro, a judge, was sent from Spain
to Peru in 1541 by Charles V to advise Pizarro concerning the government of his province. Among the many migrants to the New World bearing this surname were Juan Castro, who sailed to Guatemala in 1536.