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The Castro family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Castro family lived in Genoa, a prosperous city in Piedmont which at one time was a rival with Venice in terms of commerce and trade.

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The surname Castro was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova), a prosperous city in Piedmont which at one time was a rival with Venice in terms of commerce and trade.

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Castro include Castro, Castri, De Castri, De Castris, Lo Castro, Lo Casto, Li Castri, Licastri, Li Castro, Licastro, Castrogiovanni, Castronovo, Castronuovo and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castro research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1360, 1550, 1597 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Castro History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 197 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Castro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first North American settlers with Castro name or one of its variants:

  • 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


Castro Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wm 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


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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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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  • 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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  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  10. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
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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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