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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


Similar surnames: Fornes, Forbus, Forbess, Torres, Forbis, Forren, Forrest, Gorges

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Forbes Family Origin

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Forbes Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Forbes family was Laborer. Farmer, Student and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forbes. The most common Forbes occupation in Canada was Farmer. 31% of Forbes's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Student

    5%
  • Going To School

    3%
  • Laborer

    3%

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Forbes Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Forbes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Forbes. For the veterans among your Forbes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Forbes Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Forbes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Forbes in 1942 was 49, and 73 in 2004.

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