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Castor Coat of Arms Meaning

The two main devices (symbols) in the Castor blazon are the savage and bars gemelles. The two main tinctures (colors) are argent and gules.

Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2.

The bold red colour on a heraldic shield is known as gules. It has a long history within heraldry, it is known that one of those who besieged the scottish castle of Carlaverock in 1300 was the French knight Euremions de la Brette who had as his arms a simple red shield.3. The word gules is thought to come from the Arabic gule, or “red rose” 4. Later writers associated it with the precious stone ruby and the metal iron 5, perhaps because of the red glow of iron in the heat of the blacksmith’s forge.

Heraldry is a human art, by and for people and it is not surprising that people themselves are frequently depicted in arms 6. As well as the nobility themselves, we also see both the mundane, ploughmen, fishermen and reapers; and the exotic in the form of club wielding savagesand the Moorish or Saracen gentleman with his decorative wreathed turban 7.

The bar is a thin, horizontal stripe across the centre of the shield, usually in groups of two or three (any more and there would be confusion with barry, a treatment of horizontal lines of alternating colours). It is also possible to place decorative edges along bars, typically these are smaller than those found on the major ordinaries like the fess and pale, but have the same design and share the same meanings. Gemel simply means “doubled” 8, so whatever it is applied to appears twice, slightly reduced in size to occupy a similar amount of space to the original. This is different from having “two” of something, and indeed it is possible to have, for example two bars gemel, in which there are two, clearly separated pairs of bars.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Castor Coat of Arms and Family Crest

Castor Origin:

England, Greece

Origins of Castor:

The surname of Castor is said to be a locational name from the country of England. Since the surname of Castor is said to be locational, this means that it was often taken by the Lord or owner of the land from which the name derives. Others who may have taken a locational surname are people who have migrated out of the area to seek out work. The easiest way to identify someone who was a stranger at that time was by the name of their birthplace. In the case of the surname of Castor, the locations from which this surname was derived come from places named as Caistor, little villages and towns that were located within the counties of both Norfolk and Lincolnshire within the country of England. The word itself can be derived from the Old Roman word of “caester,” which can be translated to mean “fort” or “town.” The surname of Castor is also possibly a topographical surname. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. In the case of the surname of Castor, those who were known to bear this surname would have lived on or near, or worked on or near a fort within their community or town. The surname of Castor is also said to be a nickname from the country of Greece. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Castor, this nickname would have been given to someone who “shines” deriving from the Greek word “kekeasmai” which can be translated to mean “excel” or “shine.”


More common variations are: Caistor, Castory, Castoro, Castori, Castore, Castora, Castorr, Castoer, Castoir, Castour, Castr, Castoria, Castorio



Within the country of England, those who bear the surname of Castor can be found in the areas of Hampshire, Devon, Warwickshire, and Lancashire.

United States of America:

In the United States, those who bear the surname of Castor are found in New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Castor: Philippines 16,562; United States 6,250; Brazil 5,374; Haiti 2,594; Mexico 2,329; France 943; Germany 605; Saudi Arabia 577; Tanzania 353; Canada 265; Argentina 179; United Arab Emirates 161

Notable People:

Kathy Castor (born in 1966) who served as a U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of the state of Florida, and who was a politician in America.

Jimmy Castor (born in 1947) who was a funk and pop musician from America, and who was most notably recognized for this hit “Troglodyte (Cave Man.”

George A. Castor (1855-1906) who was a politician from America.

Bruce Castor (born in 1961) who served as a District Attorney of Montgomery Country, and who was a politician and lawyer from America.

Betty Castor (born in 1941) who served as the President of the University of South Florida, and who was an educator and politician from America.

William N. Castor, who served as the Presidential Elector for the state of Michigan in the year of 1976, and who also served as the Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Michigan in the year of 1988, and who was a Republican politician from America.

Tobias Castor (1840-1901) who served as a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Nebraska in the year of 1876, and who was a Member of the Committee on Permanent Organization in this year, also served in this position in the year of 1888 and again in the year of 1892, and who was a Democratic politician from America.

Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Notes: (Norfolk). Blazon: Argent three bars gemelles gules Crest—A savage standing on a serpent proper.

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  • 1 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 2 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
  • 3 The Siege of Carlaverock, N. Harris, Nichols & Son, London, 1828, P180
  • 4 Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 313
  • 5 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
  • 6 Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P174
  • 7 A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P168
  • 8 A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Gemel