|Related Names:||Castel, Castello, Castilla, Castillos, Del Castillo|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Castillo is a Spanish word for "castle," tracing back to the Latin word castellum. It was a regional surname, given to those who lived in areas of Spain named Castillo. House of Names traces the Castillo family to the region of Santander in northwestern Spain and Portugal. There are also Irish and French branches of the Castillo family, the Irish one having gained land during the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1172.
Castillo is a common surname in the United States. According to WhitePages.com, Castillo ranks as the 227th most common surname. The most people with the last name Castillo are to be found in Texas, followed by California, Florida, New York and Arizona. Within Texas, Castillo is the 46th most common surname.
In Argentina, Castillo is the 62nd most common surname.
- While most of the people with the surname Castillo immigrated to the United States from Spain and Latin America, quite a few also came from Ireland, where they had been well-established. There may have been people named Castillo in Ireland as early as the twelfth century.
- A few Spanish Castillos arrived in the New World as early as the 16th century. Irish Castillos began venturing to the New World in the 18th century. French Castillos were the last to come to America arriving in the 19th century.
- The Irish branch of the Castillo family has a Latin motto on their crest that translates to "Seek nothing beyond your sphere."
- Castillo, Duarte Province, Dominican Republic
- Castillo-Albaráñez, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
- Castillo de Garcimuñoz, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
- Castillo-Nuevo, Navarre, Spain
- El Castillo, Nicaragua
- Montealegre del Castillo, Castile-La Mancha, Spain
- El Castillo, Chichen Itza: pyramid in Mexico, built between the 11th and 13th centuries
- El Castillo Interior: book written by Saint Teresa of Ávila
- Alberto Castillo: Argentine Tango singer (born December 7, 1914)
- Ana Castillo: Chicana writer (born 1953)
- Daniela Castillo: Chilean pop singer (born September 26, 1984)
- Frank Anthony Castillo: baseball player (born April 1, 1969)
- Joey Castillo: Queens of the Stone Age drummer (born March 30, 1966)
- Mary Castillo: American chick-lit author (born 1974)
- Ruben Castillo: boxer (born December 19, 1957)
- Carlos Castillo Armas (born November 4, 1914): Guatemalan president
- Ramón S. Castillo Barrionuevo: Argentine president (born November 20, 1873)
- Segundo Alejandro Castillo Nazareno: soccer player (born May 15, 1982)
Author: Sarena Emily Levinson
|Pronunciation||cas-STE-oh, cath-TE-oh +|
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|Related||Castel +, Castello +, Castilla +, Castillos +, and Del Castillo +|