Decastro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Decastro family

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

Early History of the Decastro family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Decastro 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 Decastro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Decastro Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Decastro 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)...
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Decastro Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Decastro migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Francisco DeCastro, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835 [1]
  • Hernando DeCastro, who landed in Dominican Republic in 1835 [1]
  • Juana DeCastro, who landed in America in 1835 [1]
  • Lorenzo DeCastro, who arrived in Rio de la Plata in 1835 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Decastro (post 1700) +

  • German DeCastro, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 2004 [2]
  • Inez de Castro, daughter of a Spanish nobleman
  • Guillén de Castro (1569-1631), Spanish dramatist
  • Leo de Castro (1948-2019), born Kiwi Leo de Castro Kino, a New Zealand funk and soul singer-guitarist
  • Cipriano de Castro, Venezuelan politician
  • Joao de Castro (1500-1548), Portuguese naval commander
  • Eugenio de Castro (1869-1944), Portuguese poet


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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