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O'Keefe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the O'Keefe family


The surname O'Keefe 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.

Early History of the O'Keefe family


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O'Keefe Spelling Variations


One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the O'Keefe family name include O'Keeffe, O'Keefe, Keefe, Keeffe, Keefer, Keiffe and others.

Early Notables of the O'Keefe family (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...
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Migration of the O'Keefe family to the New World and Oceana


The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of O'Keefe or one of its variants:

O'Keefe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Denis, Michael, Patrick and Thomas O'Keefe all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

O'Keefe Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Peter O'Keefe, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary O'Keefe, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • John O'Keefe, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland

O'Keefe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John O'Keefe, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  • Michael O'Keefe, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  • Bridget O'Keefe, aged 27, a dairymaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  • Ellen O'Keefe, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  • Catherine O'Keefe, aged 27, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
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O'Keefe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret O'Keefe, aged 22, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Jeremiah O'Keefe, aged 24, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Michael O'Keefe, aged 25, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Keefe (post 1700)


  • Whitney O'Keefe, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1964
  • Thomas H. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912; Member of New York State Senate 1st District, 1913-14
  • Thomas A. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960
  • T. J. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1904
  • Stephen P. O'Keefe, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 59th District, 1980
  • Richard D. O'Keefe (b. 1855), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Sanilac County 2nd District, 1885-90
  • Richard B. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 6th District, 1946
  • P. H. O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1912
  • Mary O'Keefe, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1980
  • Kurt A. O'Keefe (b. 1954), American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1980
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'Keefe family



RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Patrick O'Keefe, aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Waterford, who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible B [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Suggested Readings for the name O'Keefe


  • Anna O'Keefe and Samuel Snedden 1867-1975, Six Generation in California by Virginia Perry Culbert.
  • The Baron, the Logger. the Miner and Me by John H. Toole.

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PHOEBE DUNBAR 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/phoebedunbar1852.shtml
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 12th December 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1854.shtml
  6. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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