The ancestry of the name Costill can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a name for a person who worked in a castle.
The original bearer of the surname Costill 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 Costill is derived from the Old Norman French word castel,
which means castle.
Early Origins of the Costill family
The surname Costill was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Costill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Costill 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 Costill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Costill Spelling Variations
Costill has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Costill have been found, including Castle, Castell, Castles, Castel, Castello and others.
Early Notables of the Costill 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 Costill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Costill family to Ireland
Some of the Costill 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 Costill family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Costills to arrive on North American shores: 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.