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The surname Decastro is one of the oldest and most distinguished families of Spain. The original bearer of the name Decastro, 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.

Decastro Early Origins



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

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Decastro Spelling Variations


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Decastro Spelling Variations



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

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Decastro Early History


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Decastro Early History



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

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Decastro Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Decastro 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 Decastro 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:

Decastro Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio DeCastro, who arrived in New Spain in 1835
  • Francisco DeCastro, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • Hernando DeCastro, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835
  • Juana DeCastro, who landed in America in 1835
  • Lorenzo DeCastro, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Decastro (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Decastro (post 1700)



  • German DeCastro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004
  • Inez de Castro, daughter of a Spanish nobleman
  • Guillén de Castro (1569-1631), Spanish dramatist
  • Cipriano de Castro, Venezuelan politician
  • Joao de Castro (1500-1548), Portuguese naval commander
  • Eugenio de Castro (1869-1944), Portuguese poet

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    4. García Carraffa, Alberto and Arturo. Diccionario Heráldico y Genealógico de Apellidos Españoles y Americanos 88 Volumes. Madrid: A. Marzo. Print.
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    9. Diez, Ma Del Carmen Galbis. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias Durante los siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Archivo General de Indias Sevilla Volume 6. Murcia, Spain: Ministerio de Cultura, 1986. Print.
    10. Maduell, Charles R. Compiler Index of Spanish Citizens Entering the Port of New Orleans Between January 1840 and December 1865. New Orleans: The Compiler, 1966. Print.
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    The Decastro Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Decastro 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.

    This page was last modified on 8 December 2015 at 11:01.

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