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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    4. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    8. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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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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