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From: ORBAN Andre <>
Subject: RE: [URBAN] hello
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 17:01:40 +0200
The name Urban is in no way Italian. The Latin Urbanus (city dweller) would
have become Urbani in Italian (which is indeed a rare Italian name). The
Italian Urbans that you have met might be from the Northern part of the
country (Trentino and Alto Adigio, called Süd-Tyrol in German), where German
is the usual language.
When your grandfather said something like pod sem, it sounds more to me like
a Slavic language ("pod" means "under" in Polish), but I can assure you that
it is not latin.
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> My maternal grandfather told us (one of the few things he told) that the
> name Urban was always Urban. Never with anything else. I thought maybe
> it was Italian since I know that urban relates to city in latin. Also
> while going to U of Michigan, I met some Italian Urbans. Just
> conjecture on my part. It may be a clue that Grandfather would say
> something that sounded like "pod sem". I don't remember why or when he
> would say it. I just thought it could be latin. I was just little and
> only remember the sound of his voice and the look on his face when he
> said it to me.
> Ron Card wrote:
> > -->>My mothers maiden name was Urban.
> > -->>That name is a very frustrating name to
> > -->>find out about
> > I've just started researching my wife's family, Debbie.
> > She was an URBAN on the paternal side. FWIW, her
> > grandfather spelled his name URBANIS and her grandmother
> > spelled it URBANAS. I'm told that the extraction is
> > Lithuanian and that the "is" ending is male and the "as" is
> > female.
> > Good luck.
> > Ron Card
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