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Forbes Name Meaning
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Aberdeen, so named from Gaelic forba ‘field’, ‘district’ + the locative suffix -ais. The place name is pronounced in two syllables, with the stress on the second, and the surname until recently reflected this. Today, however, it is generally a monosyllable.Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Firbhisigh ‘son of Fearbhisigh’, a personal name composed of Celtic elements meaning ‘man’ + ‘prosperity’. A family of this name in Connacht was famous for its traditional historians, compilers of the Book of Lecan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Forbes Families

  • Number of Forbes families
     217 - 432
     73 - 216
     1 - 72
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Forbes families
     290 - 578
     97 - 289
     1 - 96
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Forbes families
     910 - 1,817
     304 - 909
     1 - 303
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Forbes Family Origin

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Forbes Immigration Information

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Forbes Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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