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

Kieffer Early Origins



The surname Kieffer 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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Kieffer Spelling Variations


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Kieffer Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, attempting to record a Gaelic name in English was a daunting task. Most names were spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Kieffer family name.Variations found include O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.

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Kieffer Early History


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Kieffer Early History



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

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Kieffer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kieffer 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 Kieffer 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 immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North Ameri ca. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Kieffer or one of its variants:

Kieffer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Wilhelm Kieffer, who arrived in New York with his wife Catharine and three children in 1709
  • Wilhelm Kieffer, who arrived in New York in 1709-1710
  • Willhelm Kieffer, who landed in New York, NY in 1709
  • Johan William Kieffer, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Johann Wilhelm Kieffer, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kieffer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Kieffer, aged 25, landed in New York in 1812-1813
  • Adam Kieffer, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Adam Kieffer, who settled in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Fred Kieffer, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • J P Kieffer, who arrived in Iowa in 1870
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kieffer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kieffer (post 1700)



  • Howard Kieffer, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2004
  • E. F. Kieffer, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Iowa State Senate 46th District, 1948; Candidate for Iowa State House of Representatives from Plymouth County, 1950
  • Christian Kieffer, American politician, Mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 1852-54
  • Susan Elizabeth Werner Kieffer (b. 1942), American physical geologist and planetary scientist
  • Charles Kieffer (1910-1975), American gold medalist rower at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Aldine Silliman Kieffer (1840-1904), American music writer
  • Philippe Kieffer (1899-1962), French naval officer
  • Oliver Kieffer (b. 1979), French bronze medalist volleyball player at the 2002 World Championships
  • Jean-Jacques Kieffer (1857-1925), French entomologist
  • Guy-André Kieffer (b. 1949), French-Canadian journalist
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Kieffer Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. 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. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    10. 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.
    11. ...

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