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The long and noble heritage behind the name of Gastelum first began in medieval 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.


The surname Gastelum was first found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Castellano, Castellanos and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gastelum research. Another 386 words (28 lines of text) covering the year 1202 is included under the topic Early Gastelum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent among members of the family were sixteenth century Spanish poet and historian Juan de Castellanos, who lived the latter part of his life in the New World; nineteenth century Spanish politician Tomás Castellano y Villarroya; nineteenth century...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gastelum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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.


  • Kelvin Gastelum (b. 1991), American mixed martial artist
  • Juan Manuel Gastélum Buenrostro (b. 1954), Mexican politician
  • Jorge Kalú Gastélum Ocampo (b. 1988), Mexican footballer
  • Diva Hadamira Gastélum Bajo (b. 1961), Mexican politician
  • Bernardo José Gastélum Izabal (1886-1981), Mexican physician, politician and writer

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    Other References

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    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Atienza, Julio De Atienza. Español: Diccionario Heraldico De Apellidos Españoles Y De Titulos Nobiliarios. Madrid: Aguilar, 1959. Print.
    4. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
    5. Archivo General De Indias, Sevilla. Catalogo de Pasajeros a Indias durante los Siglos XVI, XVII y XVIII Edited by the docents of the General Indian Archives under the Director of the Archives, Don Cristobal Bermudez Plata 3 Volumes - Volume 1 1509-1534. Sevilla, Spain: Imprenta de la Gavidia, 1940. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Carr, Raymond. Spain, 1808-1975. 2nd Ed. . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 978-0198221272).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Gastelum Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Gastelum 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.

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