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Origin and Meaning of Alcantara

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Borrowing from Andalusian Arabic القنطرة (al-qánṭara), from Arabic قَنْطَرَة (qanṭara, “bridge”), from Ancient Greek κέντρον (kéntron).

  1. wooden cover over a loom treadle to protect velvet
  2. (Cuba) water jug

Notable Persons With the Last Name Alcantara

Iuri was born on August 4th, 1980 in Marajó.


Paulino Alcántara was a soccer player for the FC Barcelona, Bohemian Sporting Club, Catalonia national football team, Philippines national football team, and Spain national football team. Paulino was born on October 7th, 1896 in Iloilo City. He left this life on February 13th, 1964.


He holds the title Prince of Grão-Pará. Prince was born as the child of Gaston, Count of Eu, Isabel, and Princess Imperial of Brazil on October 15th, 1875 in Petrópolis. He breathed his last breath on January 29th, 1940.


Arismendy Alcántara is a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs. Arismendy was born on October 29th, 1991 in Santo Domingo.


Ildemar was born in Soure, Pará.


Peter of Alcantara was a saint. He holds the title Friar and Mystic. Peter was born in 1499 in Alcántara. He breathed his last breath on October 18th, 1562.


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Popularity of Alcantara as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Alcantara U.S.
  White 5.05% 64.26%
  African American 0.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 17.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 74.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Alcantara

People with the last name Alcantara are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Alcantara

  • How Popular is the name Alcantara? As a last name Alcantara was the 2,853rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Alcantara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Alcantara is Wednesday, April 6th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Alcantara? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Alcantara. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Alcantara: Your name in reverse order is Aratnacla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arcntlaaa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Alcantara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,636 people with the last name Alcantara.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Alcantara? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Alcantara as their last name.

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