Castleberry Family Crest / Castleberry Coat of Arms
This English surname of CASTLEBERRY was a locational name meaning 'the dweller at the castle, or the fortified place'. Surnames derived from placenames are divided into two broad categories; topographic names and habitation names. Topographic names are derived from general descriptive references to someone who lived near a physical feature such as an oak tree, a hill, a stream or a church. Habitation names are derived from pre-existing names denoting towns, villages and farmsteads. Other classes of local names include those derived from the names of rivers, individual houses with signs on them, regions and whole countries.
In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe. The name is also spelt CASTEL, CASTLE, CASTLETON, CASTELLON and CASTELLION. Early records of the name mention Hugh le Casteldein, 1235, County Essex, and Ralph Castelman of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Gilbert Chastelyn of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 and are of Norman French origin rather than native English. On the arrival of the Normans they identified themselves by references to the estates from which they came in northern France. These names moved rapidly on with their bearers into Scotland and Ireland. Others of the Norman Invaders took names from the estates in England which they had newly acquired. Later instances of the name include William Hamerton and Benet Castelyn who married in London in 1547. Henry Castleman and Dorothy Richardson who were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1758, and William Castellan wed Sarah Steptoe at the same church in the year 1798.
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