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The French, Italian and Spanish surname of CASTELLANOS was a locational name 'of Castellion' a spot in France. The name would also have denoted a servant who lived and worked at a castle or the residence of a feudal lord. The name was originally derived from the Old Latin 'castellum'. The name is also spelt CHATELLIER, DUCHATELIER, CAYLA, DUCAYLA, CASTELLARI and CASTELLI. French, or rather Norman French, was the language of the aristocracy and the upper classes in England at the time fixed surnames were being developed, it is therefore not surprising that many of our well-known family names are derived from French words. Originally only Christian or personal names were used, and although a few came into being during the 10th century, surnames were not widely used until much later, when people began to realize the prestige of having a second name. America was colonized by peoples from all over the world in a very short period of time, and mostly, in the case of French immigrants they have stayed together in Louisiana. Of the early immigrants to America the French have fared the worst in respect of their names, chiefly because of the difficulties experienced by the Americans in pronouncing them correctly. Many have been translated into English names. Notable persons of the name include Ignaz Franz CASTELLI (1781-1862) the Austrian poet, born in Vienna. He wrote 'Kriegesliedes fur die osterreichische Armee' (1809) which was banned by Napoleon. Sebastianus CASTELLO (1515-63) was the French theologian, born in Savoy. He studied at Lyon and about 1540 was appointed rector of a school in Geneva. His humanistic views embroiled him with the reformer, and in 1544 he was forced to migrate to Basel, where in 1533 he became Greek professor. Branco CASTELLO (1825-90) was the Portugese novelist. An illegitimate child, whose love of literature and longing for adventure, grew from his reading, he became one of the most important of modern Portugese novelists, with a deep understanding of the life of his people. He was created viscount for his services to literature in 1885. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice.
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