Last name: Underwood

This name is of English and Scottish topographic origin, deriving from the Olde English "under" a preposition meaning "under" or "below", plus "wuda", a wood. The name was originally given to one dwelling at the foot of a wood or literally "below the trees of a forest". The name may also be locational from three places named with these elements i.e., Underwood in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and in the parish of Symington, Ayrshire. The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 12th Century (see below). One William Underwude appears in the 1219 Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire, and a William under the Wode in the 1332 Subsidy Rolls of Staffordshire. On January 2nd 1634, one Joseph Underwood, aged 23 yrs., embarked from London on the ship "Bonaventure" bound for Virginia. He was one of the earliest recorded name bearers to enter America. No less than seven Coats of Arms were granted to families of this name and an interesting namebearer mentioned in the Dictionary of National Biography was one Michael Underwood (1737 - 1820) who practised in London as a surgeon and as a "male-midwife". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Underwode which was dated 1188, in the "Records of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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I have been told that the Underwood branch I come from is native American???? Dunno..

My grandmother's maiden name was Underwood, her family lived in panhandle area of Texas.

I Are An Underwood
We're English and Scottish. Yee Haw!

And for all who wanted to know all Underwoods from ethnic origin I am sorry to say are not actually Underwoods assuming they trace thier names back to the 19th century in which case when slavery was abolished many slaves took thier owners names to spite them. From Donegal ireland great great great grandson of Ammon Underwood plantation owner.

Tony Underwood
Since Underwood is an English name,it never made sense to me that our family is German,then I found out my 3xgreat grandfather was adopted by a Pennsylvania family circa 1870.My grandfather spoke fluent German growing up,this geneolgy thing is awesome

I am an Underwood from Indiana. My father was Chester Arthur Underwood, Jr., and his father was Chester Arthur, Sr., from Greensbourgh(?), Indiana. Chester Sr's. Mother was Rachel Rebecca Underwood. She was born on a plantation in the south. I do not know the state. She was a freed slave and settled in Indiana. That's about all I know about my father's side of the family. The one interesting fact I do know is that Chester Sr and his brother Martin both looked white and their birth certificates said they were white. Their mother Rebecca was a product of the planatation owner. She very fair of color and almost unnatural bright red hair. When she was freed she took the last name of Underwood. The family thinks she never married the father of Chester Sr and Martin. If anyone has more information I would certainly like to know

I am an underwood from Florida. My grandpa and grandma were from cincinnati,Ohio. But they came here from Germany.

my grandfather was a underwood and came from donegaul ireland each firstborn son of the family has been called James they grew up on the family farm.

James Underwood
This is just a brief description of the Underwood family line just to start and get this cleared if you are african-american and can not trace your family line back to white lineage then it is likely that you are from a freed family after the abolition of slavery in which slave families used their owners names to spite them or others such as freeman ect. No offence intended, t those of you who can trace you family history to Scotland if you cantinued your research then you will dicover that you actually come from ireland as indirectley it translate in yelga ( a form of ogham) as Irish in a foreign land. from this those of this strain orginate thier irsh heritage from county Wexford in which during the time of the 5 kings of ireland Th king of leinster ( all info can be found from the wexfors town family history archives) asked strongbow ( yes that one and no e was not welsh he was infact Norman) to help him defeat raidiers from wicklow such as the Byrnes ect.

James Underwood
However not wanting to lose thier newley aquired lands the Normans sent over what can be essentially described as Landing families or Norman nobility who had gained favour and been awarded ne lands in Iireland these familied where as follows Letts,Pettits and Underwoods or at the time most likely to have been Hunderwude thus the Underwood line derives from Normandy, however through my research i have found that it is even more likely that the Underwood family comes from Germany thus explaining any german heritage and t is likeley that the Underwood family is from a Gothica tribe due to the forming of the name and where displaced into Normandy by the romans either by choice or by force that I have yet to discover. Brief of my self Scottish Underwood great grand father from Donegal who inturn was from weford who inturn was from Derbyshire as he went to ireland with Cromwells forces and I am a great x 5 once removed grandson of Ammon Underwood sorry for any spelling to lazy to check.

A Underwood
I'm also an Underwood, but I come from central England, where I understand our surname is originally derived from. As far as we can find, my family has always lived here. Not sure if this is some small proof of where the surname could originate from, but was very interested by all of the theories about Germany etc. Nice to know we could actually have some interesting family history, rather than being from the same place forever.