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Early Origins of the Underhay family

The surname Underhay was first found in Devon at Ideford, a parish, in the union of Newton-Abbott, hundred of Teignbridge. 1 2 A very rare name, it is thought the name was derived from "one who lived below the hedge or hedged enclosure." 3 4

The first record of the family was William Underwalle, who was listed in Oxfordshire in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. 5

Early History of the Underhay family

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Underhay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Underhay, Underhaye and others.

Early Notables of the Underhay family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • William Underhaye of Devon

Canada Underhay migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Underhay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Underhay, a merchant of St. John's, Newfoundland, settling there in 1794 6
Underhay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard Underhay, was a member of the Board of Road Commissioners at Heart's Content, Newfoundland, in 1844 6

Australia Underhay migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Underhay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Reuben Underhay, British Convict who was convicted in Devon, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 7
  • Miss Elizabeth Underhay who was convicted in Exeter, Devon, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 16th November 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 8

Contemporary Notables of the name Underhay (post 1700) +

  • Colin Underhay, English art director, known for his 'Gilding the Lily' TV commercial for Simple Skincare and for Quatro in 1986
  • Wayne Underhay, New Zealand winning coach for the North Shore Rugby Football Club in 1988
  • Nicole Underhay (b. 1974), Canadian film and stage actress, from St. Johns Newfoundland, known for her roles in The Shipping News (2001), Goosebumps (1995) and Murdoch Mysteries (2008)
  • John Collier Underhay (1829-1919), Canadian farmer, land surveyor and politician, who represented 1st Kings from 1879 to 1882 and 2nd Kings from 1886 to 1893 in the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from
  8. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 31st March 2022). Retrieved from on Facebook