The name CANTARA does sound Spanish. If spelled w/the Spanish accents in the correct place the word means
(S)HE "WILL SING"
My cousin NANCY ALCANTAR's research indicates the name ALCANTARA is the Spanish phonetic pronunciation of the ARABIC word for bridge. I'm not exactly sure how they spell it but I know they use a K. If you look up ARABIC countries on the map, you will see a similar word.
Also look up ALCANTARA SPAIN (it borders Portugal) and located there is a bridge which also carries the name ALCANTARA. That is the place the ARABIC people settled. My ALCANTAR family emigrated from ALCANTARA, SPAIN to MEXICO. See my response to "the first ALCANTAR family in San Francisco, CA."
As you know ALCANTARA and ALCANTAR are the same name. I had neighbors of IRISH DESCENT w/the last name of KANTER/CANTOR, I'm not aware of how they spelled it.
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