Castruita History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Castruita is one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Spain. The original bearer of the name Castruita, 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 Castruita family
The surname Castruita was first found in Castile, an important kingdom of medieval Spain.
Early History of the Castruita family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Castruita 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 Castruita History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Castruita Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Castro, Castrillo, Castrelo and others.
Early Notables of the Castruita 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)...
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Migration of the Castruita family
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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Castruita (post 1700) +
- Alfredo Castruita, American director, writer and cinematographer
- Alexandra Castruita, American actress, known for The Boys of Ghost Town (2009)
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