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O'keefe Surname 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 O'keefe originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Caoimh," which is derived from the word "caomh," which means "gentle."


Early Origins of the O'keefe family


The surname O'keefe was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the O'keefe family


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O'keefe Spelling Variations


Lacking standardized spellings, scribes and church officials recorded people's name according to how they sounded. This practice often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname O'keefe are preserved in the archival documents of the period. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.

Early Notables of the O'keefe family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Constantine O'Keeffe (born c. 1670) who was admitted to the French aristocracy in 1740 on the basis of...
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Migration of the O'keefe family to the New World and Oceana


Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of O'keefe or one of its variants:

O'keefe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Denis, Michael, Patrick and Thomas O'Keefe all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

O'keefe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Peter O'Keefe, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary O'Keefe, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • John O'Keefe, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

O'keefe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John O'Keefe, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  • Michael O'Keefe, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  • Bridget O'Keefe, aged 27, a dairymaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  • Ellen O'Keefe, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  • Catherine O'Keefe, aged 27, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'keefe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret O'Keefe, aged 22, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Jeremiah O'Keefe, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mr. Arthur O'Keefe, (b. 1854), aged 24, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Mary O'Keefe, (b. 1855), aged 23, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Michael O'Keefe, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name O'keefe (post 1700)


  • Whitney O'Keefe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1964
  • Thomas H. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912; Member of New York State Senate 1st District, 1913-14
  • Thomas A. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960
  • T. J. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1904
  • Stephen P. O'Keefe, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 59th District, 1980
  • Richard D. O'Keefe (b. 1855), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Sanilac County 2nd District, 1885-90
  • Richard B. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1946
  • P. H. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1912
  • Mary O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • Kurt A. O'Keefe (b. 1954), American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1980
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'keefe family



RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Patrick O'Keefe, aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Waterford, who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible B [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Suggested Readings for the name O'keefe


  • Anna O'Keefe and Samuel Snedden 1867-1975, Six Generation in California by Virginia Perry Culbert.
  • The Baron, the Logger. the Miner and Me by John H. Toole.

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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