Urban comes from Latin Urbanus meaning either “city dweller” or “of the city” which comes from Latin urbs which seems to be derived from a PIE root word. Urban is also a word that has become adopted into the English vocabulary referring to a city or town. Another word related to it, urbane, is used to refer to someone with a suave or sophisticated manner characteristic of social life in the city. Urban is also a surname derived from the given name.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Ourbanos (Biblical Greek)
  • Urbanus (Latin)
  • Urbain (French)
  • Orbán (Hungarian)
  • Urbano (Italian, Spanish)
Female forms:
  • Urbana (Italian)



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