Castro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

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

Early History of the Castro family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castro research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1239, 1242, 1236, 1240, 1325, 1355, 1380, 1441, 1495, 1558, 1569, 1631, 1617, 1687, 1633 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Castro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Castro Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Castro family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family Inês de Castro (1325-1355), a Galician noblewoman best known as lover and posthumously-recognized wife of King Peter I of Portugal. Fernando de Castro (c. 1380-1441) a 15th-century Portuguese nobleman, diplomat and military figure. Fernando de Castro was the 1st Lord of Paul de Boquilobo. He was a member of the royal council of John I of Portugal, and Governor of the household of Prince Henry the Navigator. Alfonso y Castro (1495-1558)...
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Castro migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Castro Settlers in United States in the 16th Century
  • Martín de Castro to America in 1513
  • Pero Castro to America in 1513
  • Sebastiano de Castro to Peru in 1535
  • Juan Castro, who sailed to Guatemala in 1536
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Castro Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Castro, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 [1]
Castro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Baltasar De Castro, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]
  • Alvaro De Castro, who landed in America in 1812 [1]
  • Martin De Castro, who landed in America in 1813 [1]
  • Pero Castro, who arrived in America in 1813 [1]
  • Antonio De Castro, who arrived in America in 1815 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Castro Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ambrosio Castro, who arrived in Texas in 1909 [1]
  • Angel Castro, who landed in Texas in 1909 [1]
  • Benign Castro, who landed in Alabama in 1925 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Castro (post 1700) +

  • Morris Fidanque de Castro (1902-1966), American politician, Secretary of the U.S. Virgin Islands, 1945-50; Governor of U.S. Virgin Islands, 1949-54 [2]
  • Juan José Castro (1895-1968), Argentine composer and conductor
  • Jason Castro (b. 1987), American acoustic/folk-pop singer-songwriter [3]
  • Bernadette Castro (b. 1944), New York politician and businesswoman
  • Raúl Castro (b. 1931), President of the Cuban Council of State
  • Ida L. Castro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980, 2004 [4]
  • George Castro, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Hialeah, Florida, 2011 [4]
  • Estevan Castro, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1857-58, 1863-65 (3rd District 1857-58, 6th District 1863-65) [4]
  • Charles Castro, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 13th District, 2002 [4]
  • Bernadette Castro, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1994 [4]
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight 191
  • Ms G Di Castro, American passenger from Matteson, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [5]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Vicente De Castro, American Officer's Steward Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]


Suggested Readings for the name Castro +

  • 346 "The Castro Family: A Genealogical History of the Castro Family" by Karen Bonds Mitchell, "Castro of California: A Genealogy of a Colonial Spanish California Family" by Kenneth M. and Doris Castro.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Jason Castro. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Jason Castro. Retrieved from http://www.JasonCastroMusic.com
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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