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
Vert. a lion ramp. or, in chief two dexter hands couped at the
wrist erect and apaumee of the last.
the shield and helmet is the Crest which is described as: A griffin
pass. or, holding in the dexter claw a sword ppr.
translated the blazon also describes the original colors of the
O'Keefe Arms and Crest as it appeared centuries ago.
et Fordeli nihil difficile"
"Nothing is difficult
for the Brave and Faithful"
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.