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The surname Castrillon is one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Spain. The original bearer of the name Castrillon, 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.

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The surname Castrillon was first found in Castile, an important kingdom of medieval Spain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Castro, Castrillo, Castrelo and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castrillon research. Another 451 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1236, 1239, 1240, and 1242 are included under the topic Early Castrillon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 86 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castrillon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Castrillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ceferino Castrillon, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1882

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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  8. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  9. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Castrillon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Castrillon 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.

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