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  • (__________) Underwood (deceased)
    Robert Minge/Mary Hunt Posted by: Judy Oldziewski (ID *****4111) Date: April 25, 2006 at 19:23:29 of 48 I am posting this information in the hope of clearing up some of the confusion regarding th...
  • Reverend Alexander Underwood (1688 - 1767)
    Excellent notes on Alexander Underwood by Linda Coate [Phone: (614) 915-1243; E-mail: ] may be found at : Alexander Underwood, born in Maryland, settled in London Grove, (Warring...
  • Alexander Underwood (1696 - 1753)
  • Alexander Underwood (deceased)
  • Alexander Underwood (deceased)

About the Underwood surname

Underwood is a surname of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived under the trees in a forest, below a forest on a hillside, or in either of the settlements called Underwood in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, or in the parish of Symington, Ayrshire. It is derived from the Old English preposition under plus wuda, a wood.

One of the earliest recorded Underwood name bearers to enter America was Joseph Underwood Joseph Underwood of Watertown. On January 2, 1634 he embarked from London on the ship Bonaventure bound for Virginia.

Variations: Underwoode, Underwode

Suggested Readings:

  • Isaac W. Underwood: His Ancestors and Descendants by Willie Bruce Underwood
  • The Underwood Families of America by Lucien Marcus Underwood