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

Keifer Early Origins



The surname Keifer 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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Keifer Spelling Variations


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Keifer Spelling Variations



The spelling of one's surname was not as important as it is today. Names were recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname changed with each listing. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Keifer some of these variations included: O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.

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Keifer Early History


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Keifer Early History



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

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Keifer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Keifer 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 Keifer 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



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Keifer:

Keifer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Catharina Susanna Keifer, who arrived in New York in 1710
  • Balthasar Keifer, who settled in New York in 1710
  • John William Keifer, who landed in New York in 1710
  • Jacob Keifer, aged 8, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Leonhard Keifer, aged 27, landed in Pennsylvania in 1732

Keifer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Keifer, who landed in Maryland in 1827
  • David Keifer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Louis Keifer, who landed in Mississippi in 1848
  • Christian Keifer, who came to Ohio in 1857
  • Peter Keifer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Keifer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Keifer, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

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Contemporary Notables of the name Keifer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Keifer (post 1700)



  • Joseph Warren Keifer (1836-1932), American Republican politician, Member of Ohio State Senate, 1868-69; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1876, 1908
  • E. G. Keifer, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 3rd District, 1934, 1935

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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    The Keifer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Keifer 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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