Alcantara History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Important Dates for 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...
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Alcantara migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Alcantara Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Alcantara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Diego De Alcantara, who landed in America in 1816 
- Juan Fcci Alcantara, aged 22, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1840 
Alcantara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Jose Gonzalez Alcantara, aged 28, who immigrated to America from Seville, in 1906
- John Alcantara, aged 49, who settled in America from Gibraltar, Gibraltar, in 1910
- Ana Alcantara, aged 48, who settled in America from Gibraltar, Gibraltar, in 1910
- Dolores Alcantara, aged 38, who landed in America from Gibraltar, Gibraltar, in 1910
- John E. Alcantara, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba, in 1918
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Contemporary Notables of the name Alcantara (post 1700)
- Francisco de Alcantara, Spanish sculptor
- Daniel Bautista Alcántara (b. 1972), Dominican Major League Baseball player
- Israel Alcantara (b. 1971), Dominican Major League Baseball player
- Dr. Adriana Alcantara, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin
- Francisco de Paula Linares Alcántara (1825-1878), Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (1877-1878)
- Francisco de Paula Alcantara (1785-1848), Venezuelan General who took part in the War of Independence
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