Urban History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Urban family

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.

Early History of the Urban family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Urban research. Another 105 words (8 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Urban Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Urban family (pre 1700)

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United States Urban migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Johan Lewis Urban, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1791 [1]
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 [1]
  • Franz Urban, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1845 [1]
  • Andreas Urban and his wife Magdalena, who settled in Galveston, Texas with their three sons in 1854
  • Maria Urban, who landed in Texas in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Urban migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Urban Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Urban, (b. 1841), aged 34, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [2]
  • Mrs. Emily Urban, (b. 1849), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Helen Denny" arriving in Hawkes Bay, Napier, North Island, New Zealand on 20th September 1875 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Urban (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Maria Urban (1872-1933), American architect and scene designer
  • Jerheme Urban (b. 1980), American professional football player
  • Matt Urban (1919-1995), American who was the most decorated soldier in U.S. military history, receiving 29 medals and awards for bravery during his 20 months of service in Europe during World War II
  • Paul Urban, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 2nd District, 1956 [3]
  • Justin C. Urban, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newington, 1940 [3]
  • J. Scott Urban, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 2004 [3]
  • George P. Urban, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1912 (alternate), 1916, 1924, 1928, 1932 [3]
  • George John Urban (1906-1978), American Republican politician, Mayor of South Euclid, Ohio, 1948-72 [3]
  • George Urban Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1884; Presidential Elector for New York, 1896, 1900 [3]
  • Frank W. Urban, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 7th District, 1961 [3]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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