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

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.


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.


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


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Alcantara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Diego De Alcantara, who landed in America in 1816
  • Juan Fcci Alcantara, aged 22, landed in New Orleans, La in 1840

Alcantara Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jose Gonzalez Alcantara, aged 28, who emigrated 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 emigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba, in 1918


  • Francisco de Alcantara, Spanish sculptor
  • Daniel Bautista Alcántara (b. 1972), Dominican Major League Baseball player
  • Francisco de Paula Alcantara (1785-1848), Venezuelan General who took part in the War of Independence
  • Francisco de Paula Linares Alcántara (1825-1878), Venezuelan politician, President of Venezuela (1877-1878)
  • 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


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The Alcantara Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Alcantara 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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