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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 Occupations

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Student

    5%
  • Going To School

    3%
  • Laborer

    3%

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

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