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Castro Name Meaning

Galician, Portuguese, Italian, and Jewish (Sephardic): topographic name from castro ‘castle’, ‘fortress’ (Latin castrum ‘fort’, ‘Roman walled city’): in Galicia and also in northern Portugal a habitational name from any of various places named with this word; in Italy either a topographic name or a habitational name.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Carro, Castel, Castano, Canto, Cassaro, Castle, Mastro, Caro, Lastra

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Where is the Castro family from?

You can see how Castro families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Castro family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Castro families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 3 Castro families living in Quebec. This was about 60% of all the recorded Castro's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Castro families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Castro surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Castro ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and None were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Castro. 26% of Castro men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Castro women worked as a None. Some less common occupations for Americans named Castro were Jornalero and Maid.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    26%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%
  • Jornalero
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • None
    12%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Seamstress
    6%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 173,000 census records available for the last name Castro. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Castro census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 99,000 immigration records available for the last name Castro. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Castro. For the veterans among your Castro ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Castro lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Castro life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Castro in 1941 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

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