The founding heritage of the Chastell family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Chastell comes from when one of the family worked as a person who worked in a castle.
The original bearer of the surname Chastell may have held the post of governor or constable of the castle. However, the surname might also be derived from residence near a castle, or from services or rent owed to a castle. The surname Chastell is derived from the Old Norman French word castel,
which means castle.
Early Origins of the Chastell family
The surname Chastell was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Chastell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Chastell research.Another 400 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1148, 1201, 1273, 1240, 1380, 1426, 1408, 1420, 1421, 1426, 1606 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Chastell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Chastell Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Chastell has been spelled many different ways, including Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.
Early Notables of the Chastell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include John Castell (a.k.a. John Castle (c.1380-1426), English academic, Master of University College, Oxford (c.
1408-1420), and later a Chancellor... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Chastell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chastell family to Ireland
Some of the Chastell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Chastell family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Chastells to arrive in North America: George Castell, who settled in Virginia in 1635; followed by Henry in 1639; George Castell settled in Maryland in 1775; Dorothy Castle settled in Virginia in 1639.