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.
Early Origins of the Alcantar family
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.
Early History of the Alcantar family
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Alcantar Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Alcantara, Al Cantara, Alcántara and others.
Early Notables of the Alcantar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Alcantar family to the New World and Oceana
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Alcantar Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Alcantar (post 1700)
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