Keefe / O'Keefe

The Keefe's are are part of a medium sized Irish clan known as the O'Keeffes or O Caoimh in the Irish language. The name translates as "descendant of Coamh" or "descendant of the beautiful/gentle/noble". In the early 10th century, Ireland was divided into five separate kingdoms and Fionghuine, the Prince of Fermoy and the King of Munster, ruled over southwestern Ireland. In 902 A.C.E., his son Art Caoimh was slain and the name has been carried by his descendants ever since. In the 12th century, the O'Keeffes' traditional enemy, the Macarthy Mor, allied themselves with the Anglo-Norman invaders and pushed the O'Keeffes west from Fermoy into Duhallow. The Clan O'Keeffe has remained in the area ever since. However, many of the leaders of the clan were killed or driven into exile between the Elizabethan era and O'Connell Reforms.

The name O'Keeffe in Ireland is derived from the native Gaelic Sept O'Caoimh, taken from a word meaning 'gentle'. This Sept provided some of the Kings of Munster and although they were forced out of their Cork homeland by the Anglo-Normans they did not go very far. Cork, Kerry and the other Munster Counties are where the majority of descendants are found.

Los de este apellido son oriundos de Co. Cork. En irlandés es O´Caomh, y el ascendiente epónimo del Clan fué Art Caemh, muerto en 902, Rey de Munster.

Sus armas: en campo de sinople, un león rampante, de oro; en el jefe, dos manos derechas cortadas en la muñeca, de oro. Cimera: un grifo pasante, de oro, que sostiene en su garra derecha una espada.

O´Hart dice que los O´Keeffe son de la línea de Heber, descendientes de Aeneas, primer Rey cristiano de Munster, hijo de Nathfraoch, que es el Nº 90 en el pedigree de esa línea.

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