Castellano last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Castellano is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Castellano.

Meaning of Castellano

A toponymic surname indicating a person who lived near or in a castle, or served as a castellan.

Castellano, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Castellano surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Castellano in America

Castellano is the 3212th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Castellano surname appeared 11,238 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Castellano.

We can also compare 2010 data for Castellano to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 3212 3361 -4.53%
Count 11,238 9,732 14.36%
Proportion per 100k 3.81 3.61 5.39%

The history of the last name Castellano

The surname CASTELLANO is of Italian origin and dates back to the Middle Ages. It is derived from the Italian word "castello," which means "castle." This suggests that the original bearers of this surname may have lived near or worked in a castle, or were perhaps involved in the construction or maintenance of castles.

The name is believed to have originated in various regions of Italy, including Tuscany, Lombardy, and Lazio, where many castles and fortified towns were located during the medieval period. The earliest recorded instances of the surname can be found in various historical documents from the 13th and 14th centuries, such as tax records, property deeds, and legal documents.

One notable historical reference to the surname CASTELLANO can be found in the "Codice Diplomatico Longobardo," a collection of documents from the Lombard period in Italy, dating back to the 8th century. While the CASTELLANO surname itself is not mentioned, the text includes references to individuals associated with castles and fortified settlements.

Among the earliest known bearers of the CASTELLANO surname was Pietro Castellano, a wealthy merchant from Genoa who lived in the late 13th century. Another notable figure was Guglielmo Castellano, a renowned architect from Florence who was responsible for the design and construction of several churches and palaces in the city during the 14th century.

In the 15th century, the CASTELLANO family played a prominent role in the political and cultural life of Naples. Giovanni Castellano (1450-1522) was a renowned humanist, philosopher, and writer who served as a tutor to the children of the Aragonese royal family.

During the Renaissance period, the CASTELLANO surname was also associated with the arts. Francesco Castellano (1510-1585) was a celebrated painter from Genoa, known for his religious works and portraits. His contemporaries included the sculptor Girolamo Castellano (1528-1604), whose works adorned several churches in Rome.

As the centuries passed, the CASTELLANO surname spread across Italy and eventually to other parts of the world, carried by migrants and immigrants seeking new opportunities. While the surname may have evolved into various spellings and variations over time, its roots can be traced back to the castles and fortified settlements of medieval Italy.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Castellano

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Castellano.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Castellano was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 51.38% 5,774
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.42% 47
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 2.68% 301
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.15% 17
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.16% 130
Hispanic Origin 44.22% 4,969

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Castellano has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 51.38% 55.91% -8.44%
Black 0.42% 0.46% -9.09%
Asian and Pacific Islander 2.68% 2.15% 21.95%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.15% 0.25% -50.00%
Two or More Races 1.16% 0.97% 17.84%
Hispanic 44.22% 40.27% 9.35%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Castellano was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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