Spain. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Spain, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Since Spain was periodically dominated by both the Germanic speaking Visigoths and the Arabic and Muslim Moors in its past, it's surnames share much in common with the surnames of both of these nations. Many people, such as the Gastelum family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. The surname Gastelum was an occupational name for a person who worked in a castle.
Early Origins of the Gastelum family
Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.
Early History of the Gastelum family
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Gastelum Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Castellano, Castellanos and others.
Early Notables of the Gastelum family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gastelum family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Pedro Antonio Castellanos, who voyaged to Cuba under the orders of Velázquez, and who became a lifelong friend of Hernán Cortés, conquistador of Mexico. Other migrants to the New World bearing this surname include Juan Castellano, who sailed to America in 1512.
Contemporary Notables of the name Gastelum (post 1700)
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