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The surname Urban was first found in Austria, where the name Urban became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Urban, Urrban, Urbban, Urbann, Urbaan, Urbane, Urbanes, Urbans, Urbanns, Urbaans, Erban, Irban, Erbane and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urban research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1808, 1851, and 1878 are included under the topic Early Urban History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Urban Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Urban Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Augustus Urban, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johan Lewis Urban, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791

Urban Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Adam Urban, who settled in Philadelphia in 1819
  • Johannes Urban, who landed in Texas in 1840-1850
  • Franz Urban, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1845
  • Andreas Urban and his wife Magdalena, who came to Galveston, Texas with their three sons in 1854
  • Maria Urban, who landed in Texas in 1854


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  • Paul Urban, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 2nd District, 1956
  • Justin C. Urban, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newington, 1940
  • J. Scott Urban, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004
  • George P. Urban, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912 (alternate), 1916, 1924, 1928, 1932
  • George John Urban (1906-1978), American Republican politician, Mayor of South Euclid, Ohio, 1948-72
  • George Urban Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896, 1900
  • Frank W. Urban, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 7th District, 1961
  • Barbara C. Urban, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 26th District, 1998
  • Stephen A. Urban (b. 1953), American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 11th District, 1996, 1998, 2000; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Joseph Maria Urban (1872-1933), American architect and scene designer

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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
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The Urban Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Urban Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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