Gender: Male Pronunciation: KEE-fuh; KEE-fur Meaning of Kiefer: "barrel maker; pine" Origin of Kiefer: German

Kiefer Origin and Meaning

The name Kiefer is a boy's name of German origin meaning "barrel maker; pine".

Kiefer is a strong occupational surname associated with "24" star Kiefer Sutherland, but one that could well join the other 'er' surnames currently in favor. Keifer is a German surname transferred to first name use, derived from two old Germanic words, kien and forhe, both of which mean "pine tree."

Kiefer Sutherland, the son of actor Donald Sutherland, was named for director Warren Kiefer, who gave Donald Sutherland his first movie role. Donald was a firm believer in honoring valued friends and mentors--his other sons are named Roeg, Rossif and Angus. Kiefer Sutherland's full name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus.

Another possible cultural namesake is the esteemed German artist Anselm Kiefer.

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headintheclouds Says:


Kiefer to me sounds like the perfect name for a family cow/bull I'd keep on a farm. That, or it sounds like keffir, like the keffir lime leaf.

Floris Says:


Kiefer also means jaw/jawbone in German, not just pine. Sounds like the name of a horror movie...

iipostmvh Says:


This name reminds me of the derogatory word used in South Africa and amongst Muslims. The "K" and "fer" ending makes it too close for me.

lynneinlove Says:


As a recently graduated college student, I would advise parents considering this name that "kief," sometimes spelled keif of keef, is commonly used in the U.S. as marijuana-related slang. Just something worth noting!