Kefauver Family History
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Kefauver Name Meaning
Americanized spelling of South German Kiefhaber, probably from Middle High German kifen ‘to gnaw or chew’ + haber ‘oats’ and hence a nickname for a poor person or an oats farmer. An alternative etymology has it as a topographic name, from Middle Low German kif ‘feud’ + haber ‘oats’, denoting an oats field that had been the subject of a dispute.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press