Alcantara (surname)

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Alcántara (Spanish), Alcàntara (Catalan), Alcântara (Portuguese), and Alcantara (Sicilian) are surnames, related to the Andalusian place name Alcántara (derived from Arabic for "the bridge").

There are several related place names Alcantara, with the most noted being Alcántara, Spain, the birthplace of Saint Peter of Alcantara, the Franciscan Saint.

The surname has royal connections and the emperors of Brazil, such as Pedro II had the surname Alcántara y Silva. Consequently the surname Alcántara is also found among freed slaves of the Brazilian household.[1]

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  1. ^ Historias de Exclusión: Afrodescendientes en el Uruguay - Page 48 Teresa Porzecanski, Beatriz Santos - 2006 "Entonces había unos negros de apellido Alcántara, brasileños, que habían sido servidores de la casa imperial. Porque los emperadores de Brasil, Don Pedro II, no tienen el apellido de Braganza, sino que tienen el apellido Alcántara y Silva."

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