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Where did the Spanish Gastelum family come from? What is the Spanish Gastelum family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gastelum family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gastelum family history?

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.


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

First found in Galicia, in the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula.


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.


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


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.


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  10. 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.
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The Gastelum Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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