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Where did the Spanish Alcantar family come from? What is the Spanish Alcantar family crest and coat of arms? When did the Alcantar family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Alcantar family history?

The Alcantar surname is derived from the place name Alcantara on the Tagus river in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain. Alcantara is derived from the Arabic word "cantara" meaning "bridge" and the definite article "al." The bridge in question was built about the year 105 by the Romans, and the village was named for the bridge by the Moors. The bridge of Alcantara is still standing today, having been restored in the late 19th century.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Alcantara, Al Cantara, Alcántara and others.

First found in Castile. According to scholars, the surname descends from a Castilian knight who served King Fernando II of Leon, in the first Reconquest of the village of Alcantara, in 1166. In rewarding the knight, the King also had him take the surname Alcantara and to bear the arms of this village. The village was re-taken by the Moors, and then recovered by Alonso of Leon in 1214, who then established the Order of Alcantara, a religious and military order for defense against the Moors.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Alcantar research. Another 366 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1562, 1669, and 1698 are included under the topic Early Alcantar History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 72 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Alcantar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alcantar Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Gabriel Alcantar, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1919

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  • Tony Alcantar (b. 1960), American actor
  • Daniel Alcántar García (b. 1976), Mexican professional football player


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The Alcantar Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alcantar Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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