The surname is sometimes habitational, used by someone who lived in any of several places of the same name. Otherwise it is topographic, referring to someone who lived near a wood. In both cases the name is from England or Scotland, and from Middle English.
The common noun comes from the name of the manufacturer, after John T. Underwood, one of its founders.
Underwood Sentence Examples
In the densest forests the trees, struggling through the tangle of underwood to the light, are often 150 ft.
The sugar-cane flourishes, the cotton-plant ripens to perfection, date-trees are seen in the gardens, the rocks are clothed with the prickly-pear or Indian fig, the enclosures of the fields are formed by aloes and sometimes pomegranates, the liquorice-root grows wild, and the mastic, the myrtle and many varieties of oleander and cistus form the underwood of the natural forests of arbutus and evergreen oak.
He displayed his political tact in the choice of the American delegation, which was led by Secretary Hughes and included, besides Elihu Root, two members of the Senate, Lodge and Underwood, the Republican and Democratic leaders respectively.
All the islands are richly clothed with palm trees and flowering underwood.