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

Kiefer Early Origins



The surname Kiefer 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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Kiefer Spelling Variations


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Kiefer Spelling Variations



Many variations of the name Kiefer were found in archives from the Middle Ages. These variations can be somewhat explained by the challenge of translation of Gaelic names into English. Hence, the spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Kiefer found include O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.

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Kiefer Early History


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Kiefer Early History



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

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Kiefer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kiefer 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 Kiefer 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 began leaving their homeland for North America in the late 18th century. These families were usually modestly well off, but they were looking forward to owning and working on a sizable tract of land of their own. This pattern of emigration continued until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine sparked a major exodus of destitute and desperate Irish people. These people were not leaving for a grant of land in North America because by this time the East Coast had reached its saturation point and free land was scarce. They were merely looking to escape the disease, starvation, and hopelessness that Ireland had fallen into. Although these unfortunate immigrants did not receive a warm welcome by the established populations in the United States and what would become Canada, they were absolutely critical to the rapid development that these two nations enjoyed. They would help populate the western lands and provide the cheap labor required for a rapid industrialization. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early bearers of the name Kiefer or one of its variants:

Kiefer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Friedrich Kiefer, who arrived in Carolina in 1736
  • Friedrich Kiefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1736
  • Theobald Kiefer, who arrived in Carolina in 1736
  • Daniel Kiefer, who landed in America in 1737
  • Peter Kiefer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kiefer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kiefer, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1838
  • Charles Kiefer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • George Kiefer, who arrived in Maryland in 1841
  • Franz Jakob Kiefer, who arrived in North America in 1846
  • Franz Jakob Kiefer, who arrived in North America with his wife and four children in 1846
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kiefer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Otto Kiefer, who settled in Arkansas in 1905
  • Otto Kiefer, who arrived in Arkansas in 1905
  • Mathias Kiefer, who arrived in Alabama in 1929
  • Mathias Kiefer, who settled in Alabama in 1929

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kiefer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kiefer (post 1700)



  • Hermann Kiefer, American politician, U.S. Consul in Stettin, 1884
  • Herman Kiefer, American politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1872
  • George L. Kiefer, American politician, Burgess of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, 1937
  • Edward H. Kiefer (b. 1874), American politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 18th District, 1911-14, 1931-40
  • Edgar L. Kiefer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1972
  • Carl Kiefer, American Republican politician, Candidate for Missouri State House of Representatives 9th District, 1966
  • Augustus Kiefer (1828-1910), American politician, Member of Indiana State House of Representatives, 1859
  • Andrew Robert Kiefer (1832-1904), American Republican politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 21st District, 1864; Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, 1898-1900
  • Albert E. Kiefer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Brigadier-General Homer Watson Kiefer (1898-1976), American Commanding General 9th Division (1952-1953)
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. 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).
    6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    11. ...

    The Kiefer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kiefer 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 6 October 2015 at 14:57.

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