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Multiple Origins for the Surname Castro


Spanish


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.

Castro Early Origins



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

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Castro Spelling Variations


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Castro Spelling Variations



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

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Castro Early History


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Castro Early History



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

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Castro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Castro Early Notables (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 Castro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

Castro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Baltasar De Castro, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Alvaro De Castro, who landed in America in 1812
  • Martin De Castro, who landed in America in 1813
  • Pero Castro, who arrived in America in 1813
  • Antonio De Castro, who arrived in America in 1815
  • ... (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
  • Angel Castro, who landed in Texas in 1909
  • Benign Castro, who landed in Alabama in 1925

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Contemporary Notables of the name Castro (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Castro (post 1700)



  • Hector de Castro (1849-1909), American Republican politician, Naturalized U.S. citizen; U.S. Consul General in Rome, 1897-1908; Zurich, 1908-09
  • Henrique de Castro, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Terceira, 1884-98
  • 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
  • Ida L. Castro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980, 2004
  • George Castro, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Hialeah, Florida, 2011
  • Estevan Castro, American politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1857-58, 1863-65 (3rd District 1857-58, 6th District 1863-65)
  • Charles Castro, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 13th District, 2002
  • Bernadette Castro, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from New York, 1994
  • Belinda Castro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Annette Castro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000
  • ... (Another 24 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Castro Historic Events


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Castro Historic Events




Flight 191

  • Ms G Di Castro, American passenger from Matteson, Illinois, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

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Suggested Readings for the name Castro


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Suggested Readings for the name Castro



  • 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.

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Castro Family Crest Products


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Castro Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. de Cadenas, Vicente Y Viicent. Caballeros de La Orden de Santiago Siglo XVIII. Madrid: Hidalguía, 1996. Print.
    5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    6. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    7. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    8. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Castro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Castro 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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