Underwood Family History

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Underwood Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near or in a wood, from Middle English under + wude, wode ‘wood’, or a habitational name from any of various places so named, for example in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and the former county of Ayrshire (from Old English under + wudu).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Underdown, Greenwood, Henwood, Sherwood, Norwood, Calderwood, Harwood

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Underwood Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Underwood name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Underwood. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Underwood Family Origin

Where is the Underwood family from?

Underwood Family Occupations

What did your Underwood ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Underwood family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Underwood. The most common Underwood occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Underwood's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Underwood ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Underwood Historical Records

What Underwood family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 367,000 census records available for the last name Underwood. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Underwood census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Underwood. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 57,000 military records available for the last name Underwood. For the veterans among your Underwood ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Underwood Life Expectancy

What is the average Underwood lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Underwood life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Underwood in 1940 was 34, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Underwood ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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