Forbess Family History

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Forbess Name Meaning

Variant spelling of Scottish Forbes, reflecting the traditional pronunciation as two syllables.

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

Similar surnames: Forbis, Forbes, Forbus, Forbush, Fobes, Torrens, Forest, Forness

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Forbess Family Origin

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Forbess Family Occupations

What did your Forbess ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Forbess family was Dry Good. Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter & Barber were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Forbess. The most common Forbess occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Forbess's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter & Barber

  • Dry Good


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Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Forbess ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Forbess Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Forbess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Forbess census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 90 immigration records available for the last name Forbess. 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 385 military records available for the last name Forbess. For the veterans among your Forbess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Forbess Life Expectancy

What is the average Forbess lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Forbess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Forbess in 1948 was 42, and 98 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Forbess

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Forbess ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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