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

Keefer Early Origins



The surname Keefer 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.

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Keefer Spelling Variations


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Keefer Spelling Variations



One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Keefer were found in the many archives researched. These included O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.

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Keefer Early History


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Keefer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keefer 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 Keefer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Keefer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keefer Early Notables (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...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keefer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Keefer family name:

Keefer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740
  • Abraham Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Martin Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Theobald Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765

Keefer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Antonio Keefer, who landed in New York in 1834
  • Antone Keefer, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • George Keefer, who arrived in Maryland in 1840
  • Nicholas Keefer, who arrived in Maryland in 1840
  • L Keefer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keefer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. John G. Keefer, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Agnes G. Keefer, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1907
  • Agnes Keefer, aged 4, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Mrs Walter Keefer, aged 34, who landed in America, in 1912
  • Helene Keefer, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Stuttgart, Germany, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keefer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Keefer George U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John West], New Brunswick, Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Keefer George Sr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Keefer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Charles Keefer, aged 55, who settled in Ottawa, in 1907
  • Madaline Keefer, aged 23, who emigrated to Port Arthur, Canada, in 1909
  • Edith Keefer, aged 23, who emigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1910
  • Allan Keefer, aged 26, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1910
  • Annie Keefer, aged 45, who emigrated to Port Arthur, Canada, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keefer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keefer (post 1700)



  • Donald "Don" Keefer (b. 1916), retired American actor originally from Pennsylvania, founding member of The Actors Studio, best known for his roles on Gunsmoke
  • Philip B. Keefer (1875-1949), United States Navy sailor and a recipient the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Spanish-American War
  • Janice Kulyk Keefer (b. 1952), Canadian novelist and poet
  • Thomas Coltrin Keefer (1821-1915), Canadian civil engineer, Chairman of the Welland Shipping Canal Company
  • Francis Henry Keefer (1860-1928), Canadian lawyer and politician, Member of the Canada Parliament for Port Arthur and Kenora (1917-1921)
  • Charles Keefer (1852-1932), Canada's pioneering engineer who worked extensively on Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada Central Railway and Canada Atlantic Railway projects, son of Thomas Coltrin Keefer

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Suggested Readings for the name Keefer


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Suggested Readings for the name Keefer



  • Genealogy of Hans Adam Kefer Family by Eugene R. Keffer.

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Keefer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  11. ...

The Keefer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keefer 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.

This page was last modified on 1 February 2016 at 11:22.

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