The Spanish and Asturian-Leonese name Castañeda is an habitational name from any of various places in Santander, Asturias, and Salamanca, named with castañeda, a collective of castaña meaning “chestnut.” The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Luissa Castaneda, which was dated September 10th 1649 at Asuncion, Districto federal, Mexico, during the reign of King Phillip 1V of Spain and Emperor of Mexico.Early examples of the surname in the New World include include Santos Castenada on October 29th 1651 at Santa Maria de Guadaloupe, Mexico, Torres Castaneda at Santa Catarina, Districto Federal, Mexico, on December 20th 1711. 1619 - 1665. A notable bearer of the name is Christian Castañeda the Chilean soccer player.
Today there are almost 52,000 people with the surname Castañeda resident in The United States.
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