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

Keffer Early Origins



The surname Keffer 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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Keffer Spelling Variations


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Keffer Spelling Variations



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.

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Keffer Early History


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Keffer Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Keffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keffer 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 Keffer 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



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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Peter Keffer, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1607

Keffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Martin Keffer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Georg Adam Keffer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1767

Keffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Keffer, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keffer (post 1700)



  • Martin E. Keffer, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Atlantic County, 1908-09
  • John C. Keffer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1868
  • James L. Keffer, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 60th District
  • Harry B. Keffer, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Clairton, Pennsylvania, 1941
  • Bill Keffer, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives
  • A. T. C. Keffer, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Berks County, 1870-72

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. 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).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    11. ...

    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.

    This page was last modified on 7 October 2015 at 09:47.

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