Origin of Castillo

Recorded in the spellings of Castilla, Castillo, Castela, Castille, Castiglioni, Castiglione, Castillion, etc., this is a locational or regional surname which derives from the former independent kingdom of Castille, now a province within Spain. Curiously the name was originally French, the name deriving from the pre 10th century Provencal 'castel' (a castel) and vieil, meaning old, the old castle. 'Castille' was an area which was under continuous occupation from the time of the Romans who held it for three centuries, down through the Vizigoths, the Franks and later the Moors.

In consequence the region was full of castles, the province name reflecting this fact. Not surprisingly the surname was an early entry into the New World of the Americas, and examples of these early recordings include Penaflor Castillo, at San Bernardino, Xochimilco, Mexico, on March 8th 1708, Arrieta Castilla onb December 22nd 1706 at the same place. Josef Castillo married Maria Sinoba Bojorquez at Santa Barbara, California, on November 30th 1805, and Joe Matusa Castila, at Pomonala, Los Angeles, on October 19th 1933. The coat of arms has the blazon of, a blue field, charged with a silver castle on a green mount. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Antonia Castillo, which was dated July 12th 1678, at Asuncion, Districto Federal, Mexico, during the reign of King Charles 11 of Spain, Emperor of Mexico, 1665 - 1700. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Noble and ancient lineage of the mountain of Santander. It originates from the house of Venero.

The lineage of Venero had its ancient land in the place of Castillo (today belonging to the Arnuero Town Hall and judicial district of Santoña), and of that land it was Lord, in the times of don Bermudo I and don Alfonso II, « the Chaste", the Rich man of these Monarchs Sancho Alfonso de Venero, true progenitor of the lineage that now concerns us, as proven in the following genealogy.

The said Sancho Alfonso de Venero, Lord of the house of Venero in the aforementioned place of Castillo, was, in addition to Ricohombre de los Reyes don Bermudo I and don Alfonso II, "el Casto", General Captain of the latter's army, who entered Galicia against the Moors led by Mugai. He married twice: the first, with Mrs. Teresa de Haro, and the second, with Mrs. Elvira Fernández, and had many children by them, of whom we are only interested in naming the two oldest, who were:

1º Sancho Juan Alfonso de Venero, who, as the eldest son, inherited the house of Venero, and

2º Alfonso de Venero Hernández, who was the second child and who follows.

This Alfonso de Venero Hernández was Ricohombre of King Don Bermudo I, he founded a new house in the aforementioned place of Castillo and took his name for his last name, abandoning that of Venero, for which he was called Alfonso del Castillo from that moment Hernández, also calling his new house, Castillo's house. Shortly after, this was contrary to that of Venero due to the partiality of the factions between Giles and Negretes, of which the lords and older relatives of the houses of Venero and Ceballos were warlords (in the latter the founder of Castillo married). ; but despite such differences, neither the house of Venero disowned the house of Castillo as a daughter, nor did the latter stop looking at the house of Venero with the respect and reverence of a mother, dividing the tithes of the church of the place of birth equally between them. Castillo and other benefits, prerogatives and rights. Alfonso del Castillo Hernández married, as has just been indicated, Doña Elvira Ceballos, of the house of Ceballos, and this marriage produced sentiment in his relatives, not because of the quality of the bride, who was great, but because she was his father of the Negretes faction, while Sancho Alfonso Venero, father of Alfonso del Castillo, was of the Giles. Five children were born from that union, follow...

1º Juan Alfonso del Castillo, was second Lord of the house of Castillo and Leader of Count Fernán González, with whom he advanced through various regions of Castile at the head of a large army, defeating the Moors in the battle of Osma. He was found during the capture of Segovia and was one of the first to enter the city. He married Doña Violante de Asturias, daughter of the Counts of Noreña, and continues...

2º Pedro del Castillo, who married Mrs. Urraca Calderón and founded a second Castillo house in the town of Santibañez, in the Villacarriedo district, from which others of the same lineage originated.

3º Juan del Castillo, brave Captain.

4º Rodrigo del Castillo, and

5º Eylo (Luisa) del Castillo, who married in Guevara's house.

From the house of Castillo, from the place of this name, originated in the province of Santander, in addition to the houses indicated in the previous genealogy, these others:

Those of the town of Argoños and places of Rutuerto and Liérganes, in the judicial district of Santoña.

The one in the town of Noja, in the same district of Santoña, which was a large manor house with an old building with a wall, a moat, a counter-moat, towers, cubes, battlements and a coat of arms over the main door, and under the coat of arms this inscription, carved in stone: «Casa y Solar de Castillo, Cabeza de Vando (le Negretes, Sister of the one located in Castillo, owned by Juan Alonso del Castillo and succeeded by his son Rui Díaz de Castillo» As there were several Lords of the house of the place of Castillo who were called Juan Alfonso or Alonso del Castillo, we cannot specify which of them was the son of Rui Díaz de Castillo, who succeeded in the house of Noia, since the aforementioned inscription it does not clarify that information either.

The one in the town of Colindres, in the judicial district of Laredo, which had its own burial place in a chapel of its church. The one in the town of San Vicente de la Barquera, who had a tombstone in the convent of San Francisco.

The one in Valle de Ruesga, in the judicial district of Ramales.

And those of the places of Castillo Pedroso, of the judicial district of Torrelavega, of Soto de la Marina, of the judicial district of Santander, and others.

The branches that came out of the houses of the place of Castillo (Santander) and the town of San Clemente (Cuenca), spread thelast name for Spain.

In addition to the Castillos who lived in Salamanca and Zamora, as mentioned above, there were other noble lines of this lineage in those cities

Another had its seat in Medina del Campo (Valladolid) went to the Court.

Others spread throughout Old Castile, and their individuals repeatedly proved their nobility before the Royal Chancellery of Valladolid.

The Castillos established in Vizcaya came directly from the Santander plots and founded new houses in the Arcentales valley; in the Merindad de Arratía; in the churchyard of Castillo de Elejabeitia, in the judicial district of Durango; in that of Abadiano, from the same party; in Elejabeitia, a Durango neighborhood, and in Las Encartaciones.

The Castillos also spread throughout Aragon, Soria, La Rioja and Navarra.

In Aragon, he had solar houses in Caspe, his owners Matheu Castillo and Pere Castillo; in Villanueva del Huerva, its owners, Miguel Castillo, Stevan Castillo and Pascuala Castillo, widow; in Fuendetodos, its owners Domingo Castillo and María Castillo, widow; in La Puebla de Albortón, its owner Pedro Castillo; in the city of Zaragoza, its owners Rodrigo Castillo, Lope de Castillo, Miguel Castillo, Johan Castillo, Johan de Castillo, Blasco Castillo, Bernal Castillo and María Castillo; in Ricla, its owners the widow of Johan Castillo and the widow of Pedro Castillo; in Abanto, its owner Joan del Castillo; in Nuévalos, its owner Joan del Castillo; in Calmarza, its owner Joan del Castillo; in Munébrega, its owner Martín del Castillo; in Atea, its owner Colas Castillo; in Calatayud, its owners Jayma del Castillo and Martín del Castillo; in Tarazona, its owners Johan Castillo and Pedro Castillo; in Elra, its owner Johan Castillo, Justice; in Borja, its owner Johan de Castillo; in La Almolda, its owner Pere Castillo; in Tauste, its owners Anthón Castillo, Antón Castillo, Domingo Castillo and Lope Castillo; in Pintano, its owner Johan de Castillo; in Alagón, its owners Johan Castillo, Colau Castillo, Miguel Castillo, Miguel Castillo and Juan Pérez Castillo; in Mequinenza (all in Zaragoza), its owner Johan de Castillo; in Almudévar, its owner Domingo Castillo; in Junzano, its owner Pedro Castillo; in Alcalá del Obispo, its owners Blasco Castillo, Johan de Castillo, Johan de Castillo, older, and Johan de Castillo, younger; in Jaca, its owner Mossén Martín de Castillo; in Ascara, its owner Miguel de Castillo; in Embún, its owner Domingo Castillo; in Barós, its owner Ximeno de Castillo, Honorable; in Jánovas, its owner Pero Castillo; in Boltaña, their owners Joan de Castillo, minor, Antón Castillo, Joannot Castillo, Pedro Castillo, Jayme Castillo, Petro Castillo, Petro Castillo, minor, Sancho Castillo and Johan de Castillo; in Borau, its owner Gil de Castillo; in El Pueyo de Jaca, its owners Domingo Castillo, Johan de Castillo and Pedro Castillo; in Arcusa, its owner Johan Castillo; in Zaidín, its owner Antoni Castillo; in Fact, its owners Domingo Castillo, Pedro Castillo and Donesa Castillo, widow; in the city of Huesca, its owner García Castillo; in Benabarre, its owner Martín del Castillo; in Arén (all in Huesca), its owner Jaume Pérez del Castillo; in Oliete, its owner Mossén Castillo; in Ejulve, its owners Domingo Castillo, Miguel Castillo and Pascual de Castillo; in Castellote, its owner Domingo Castillo; in Molinos, its owners Joan de Castillo and Pascual de Castillo; in Alcorisa, its owners Domingo Castillo, Pero Castillo and Pascual de Castillo; in Valjunquera, its owner María Castillo, widow; in Alcañiz, its owners Andrés de Castillo, Jayme Castillo, Jayme Castillo, Jayme Castillo, Domingo Castillo and Pascual de Castillo; in Muniesa, its owner Luys Castillo; in Palomar de Arroyos, its owners Johan Castillo, older, and Johan Castillo, younger; in Villel (all in Teruel), its owner Estevan del Castillo, and in Andorra, its owners Mossén Castillo, Vicario, Anthon de Castillo, Anthon de Castillo, Anthon de Castillo, Joan Castillo, Sancho Castillo, Alcaide, and Vertholomeo de Castillo, documented in the Aragonese burning of 1495.

Their lines passed from Tauste to establish themselves in the city of Zaragoza and the Knight of Santiago Doctor Micer Jaime del Castillo was from there, who entered said Order in 1558; another, in Villarreal de Huerva (Zaragoza), and to this belonged the Oidor of the Audiencia of Zaragoza Sebastián del Castillo y Jordán and his son Manuel Alejo del Castillo y Navarro, a native of Zaragoza, Caballero de Calatrava, admitted in 1758 ; another, in the town of Murillo de Gallego (Zaragoza), and another went to the city of Tudela, with a branch in the city of Corella, of the Merindad de Tudela (Navarra).

Another Aragonese house of Castillo settled in the city of Jaca (Huesca) and its lines extended to Catalonia.

In Catalonia he had housesplots in the city of Lérida, their owners Mossén Pere Castillo and Miguell Castillo, and in Torres de Segre (Lérida), their owner Antoni Castillo, documented in the Catalan Fogueración of 1553, and in Castelló de Ampurias (Gerona), documented in 1519

One of his lines was established in Zaragoza and from it was the Knight of Santiago, Doctor Micer Jaime del Castillo, who entered said Order in 1558; another, in Villarreal de Huerva, of the judicial district of Daroca, and to this belonged the Oidor of the Audiencia of Zaragoza Sebastián del Castillo y Jordán and his son Manuel Alejo del Castillo y Navarro, Caballero de Calatrava, admitted in 1758; another, in the town of Murillo de Gállego, of the aforementioned judicial district of Egea de los Caballeros, and another passed to the city of Tudela (Navarra).

The house in Soria, located in Lubia, also had a line in Navarra, in the town of Valtierra, in the judicial district of Tudela.

In La Rioja there was a house of this lineage, in the town of Viguera, of the Logroño party, with a line in Llerena (Badajoz), of which were the Knight of Carlos III, Mateo del Castillo González Orduña, admitted to said Order in 1820, and their children. José María and Manuel del Castillo Spinosi, also knights of Carlos III, admitted in 1824 and 1836, respectively.

Several and different lines lived in Navarra in the city of Tudela. One emanated directly from the Santander house in the place of Castillo; another, as has been said, from the Aragonese house in the town of Tauste, and another from the house in the city of Jaca. The line that lived in the Navarrese town of Corella also came from the house of Tauste. The one in the town of Valtierra originated, according to what has been said, from the house in the town of Lubia (Soria).

Another Navarrese line had a seat in the town of Lerín, and from it were Juan Antonio Castillo de las Peñas y Palacios, Secretary of the Secret of the Inquisition of Granada, where he settled, and his son José Antonio Castillo de las Peñas y López de Heredia, a native of Granada and Knight of the Order of Santiago, which he entered in 1747.

Berthomeu R. Castillo and Jacme Castillo were residents of Segorbe (Castellón) in 1421. They were Aragonese Knights, Infanzones and Hijodalgos in the Cortes of 1626: Juan Castillo, resident of Mondot (Huesca), and Pedro Jerónimo Castillo, resident of Saragossa. Miguel de Castillo was insaculated in the city of Zaragoza in 1632.

In Madrid and towns in its province, many branches and lines of Castillo settled. Mr. José del Castillo, a native of the Court and Mayor and Oidor in the Court of Seville. He married Doña Mariana de Sotomayor, of the same nature, and they were parents of Juan del Castillo y Sotomayor, who follows, and Gómez del Castillo Sotomayor, a native of Madrid and Caballero de Santiago, who in his wife Doña Antonia de Rojas, of the same nature, had José del Castillo y Rojas, a native of Madrid, Master of the Field, General and Knight of the Order of Alcántara, which he entered in 1650. Juan del Castillo y Sotomayor, a native of Madrid, was of the Council of His Majesty and Oidor of the Chancery of Granada. He married twice: the first, with Mrs. Francisca Machado, a native of Alcalá de Henares, and the second, with Mrs. Claudia Verdugo de la Cueva, a native of Seville. From the first marriage was born: Juan del Castillo y Sotomayor, a native of Alcalá de Henares and Knight of the Order of Santiago, dated June 15, 1628. From the second marriage was born: José del Castillo y Sotomayor, a native of Granada and Knight of the Order of Alcántara, which he entered on August 28, 1630.

From another, with main houses in the parish of Santa Cruz and burial in the main chapel of that church, was a descendant of Juan Bautista López del Castillo y Rojas, progenitor of the family named Castillo Velasco, who went to Peru and Chile.

In the town of Colmenar Viejo there was an original line of the house of Castillo, in Santander, and some of his descendants settled in Seville. The Knights of Santiago, Antonio del Castillo y de los Ríos and his son Antonio Domingo del Castillo y Campero, entered into said Order in 1639 and 1654, respectively, were natives of Seville; but his direct ancestors had been born and lived in Colmenar Viejo.

Two other lines of this lineage settled in Valencia and its province: that of the Marquises of Valera, Fuente Hermosa and Llanera, and that of the Marquises of Jura Real and Villatoya, Viscounts of Castillo.

In 1873 Doña Elia Francisca del Castillo y Vallés was Marquise of Fuente Hermosa y de Llanera and Countess of Olocau, and currently bears the first of those titles, in which she succeeded in 1902, Doña Rosa Martínez del Castillo, Viscountess from Valdesoto, married to José MaríaFernández de Peñaranda v Pascual de Medina.

In 1913 he succeeded to the title of Marqués de Llanera Vicente del Castillo y Crespi de Valdaura, Master of Valencia and husband of Doña Luisa de Arnedo y Assensi.

On March 3, 1761, the office of the titles of Viscount of Real Agrado and Marqués de Casa Castillo was made in favor of Rodrigo del Castillo y Torre.

By Royal Office of September 17, 1887, the title of Count of Bilbao with greatness of Spain was granted to Ignacio Maria del Castillo Gil de la Torre Bustamante Cosio, born in Veracruz on February 9, 1817, defender of Bilbao, Lieutenant General and Minister of War. He married Doña Maria de la Torre Ortiz, whose only son and successor was Joaquín del Castillo y de la Torre, born in Madrid on December 20, 1866. Second Count of Bilbao, Grandee of Spain and Master of Valencia, who married Doña Joaquina de Salazar y Aguirre, a native of Deusto, born of this marriage José María del Castillo y Salazar, a native of Madrid, third and current Count of Bilbao and Grandee of Spain, and Francisco Javier del Castillo y Salazar, also born in Madrid.

Another noble line of the Castillo lineage had a seat in Cuevas de Vera (Almería).

There was also a branch of this lineage in Asturias, on the León line.

The surname Castillo. Its genealogy, origins, history, and meaning.

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The surname Castillo and its bibliographic sources

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