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Where did the Irish Kiefer family come from? What is the Irish Kiefer family crest and coat of arms? When did the Kiefer family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Kiefer 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 Kiefer originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Caoimh," which is derived from the word "caomh," which means "gentle."
Many variations of the name Kiefer were found in archives from the Middle Ages. These variations can be somewhat explained by the challenge of translation of Gaelic names into English. Hence, the spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Kiefer found include O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kiefer 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 Kiefer History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Kiefer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Kiefer or one of its variants:
Kiefer Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Kiefer Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Kiefer Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Kiefer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kiefer 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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