Keefer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Keefer family

The surname Keefer was first found in Bavaria, where the name Keifer was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.

Important Dates for the Keefer family

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Keefer Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Keifer, Kiefer, Keiffer, Kieffer, Kifers, Kiefers, Keiferes, Kieferes, Keiferr, Keiffers, Keefer, Geefer, Geifer and many more.

Early Notables of the Keefer family (pre 1700)

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Keefer migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Keefer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [1]
  • Abraham Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761 [1]
  • Martin Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
  • Theobald Keefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [1]
Keefer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Antonio Keefer, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]
  • Antone Keefer, who arrived in New York in 1837 [1]
  • George Keefer, who arrived in Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • Nicholas Keefer, who arrived in Maryland in 1840 [1]
  • L Keefer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
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Keefer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. John G. Keefer, who immigrated 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 immigrated to the United States from Stuttgart, Germany, in 1914
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Keefer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [2]
  • Mr. Keefer George Sr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 [2]
Keefer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Keefer, aged 55, who settled in Ottawa, in 1907
  • Madaline Keefer, aged 23, who immigrated to Port Arthur, Canada, in 1909
  • Edith Keefer, aged 23, who immigrated to Hamilton, Canada, in 1910
  • Allan Keefer, aged 26, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1910
  • Annie Keefer, aged 45, who immigrated to Port Arthur, Canada, in 1912
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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
  • George Keefer Brewer (1914-1959), better known by his stage name George Reeves, an American actor, best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television series
  • Major John Keefer Mahony (1911-1990), Canadian soldier awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ World War 2 Awards.com - MAHONY, John. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) John Mahony. Retrieved from http://www.ww2awards.com/person/106
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