Last name: FORBES

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FORBES : This last name is indexed 289,836 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

FORBES : 1: Scottish: habitational name from Forbes in Tullynessle Aberdeenshire so named from Gaelic forba ‘field district’ + the locative suffix -ais. The placename 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.2: Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Firbhisigh ‘son of Fearbhisigh’ a personal name composed of elements meaning ‘man’ + ‘prosperity’.

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