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Where did the Irish Keffer family come from? What is the Irish Keffer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Keffer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Keffer family history?All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name Keffer originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Caoimh," which is derived from the word "caomh," which means "gentle."
One must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Even today the translation is a difficult one. Names, therefore, often had many spelling variations. The variations of the name Keffer include: O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keffer research. Another 250 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1655, 1670, 1691, 1703, 1740, 1747, 1778, 1791, and 1833 are included under the topic Early Keffer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keffer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Keffer:
Keffer Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Keffer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Keffer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Keffer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keffer 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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