Alcantara History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Alcantara 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.
Early Origins of the Alcantara family
The surname Alcantara was 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.
Early History of the Alcantara family
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Alcantara Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Alcantara, Al Cantara, Alcántara and others.
Early Notables of the Alcantara family (pre 1700)
Con la Reconquista guerra con la que los cristianos bajo las órdenes del rey Fernando y la reina Isabel reconquistaron a España y expulsaron a los musulmanes invasores en el año 1492. Dentro de estos nombres de...
In the United States, the name Alcantara is the 6,456th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Alcantara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Alcantara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century