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O'Keefe Coat of Arms and Crest

The O'Keefe Coat of Arms and Crest

The O'Keefe Coat of Arms design can be found in Burke's General Armory. Heraldic artists developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. The Arms (shield) is described as follows:

Vert. a lion ramp. or, in chief two dexter hands couped at the wrist erect and apaumee of the last.

Above the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as: A griffin pass. or, holding in the dexter claw a sword ppr.

When translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the O'Keefe Arms and Crest as it appeared centuries ago.

The O'Keefe Motto
Origin of the O'Keefe Name
"Forti et Fordeli nihil difficile"
"Nothing is difficult
for the Brave and Faithful"

The Irish surname O'Keefe is an anglicized form of the Gaelic O'Caoimh. The prefix 'O' signifies 'grandson of' or 'descendant' and indicates the patronymic origin of the name while the first name is derived from the Irish word 'caomh', gentle. Although driven by the Anglo Normans from their original homeland in east Cork in the thirteenth century, this sept, which had given early kings of Munster, migrated only within the bounds of what is now Co. Cork and established themselves in the territory subsequently known as Pobal O'Keefe. The surname, which has spread widely through south Munster, is especially numerous in Co. Cork today.

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