Spelling variations of this family name include: Forbes, Forbose, Forbess, Forbeis (Gaelic) and others.
First found in Aberdeenshire where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Forbes (c. 1755-1848) who after serving in the 38th Regiment, settled in Shelburne N.S. and was granted land; Alexander Forbes (c. 1793-1830) who served in the North Carolina Highlanders and later settled in Kingston, Ontario.
(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)
Suggested Readings for the name Forbes
Forbes: An Ancestry Notebook by William Albert Forbes, The Forbes Family: The Descendants of Deacon Daniel Forbes of St. Lawrence County, New York (1789/90-1877) by Allene Beaumont Duty.
Some noteworthy people of the name Forbes
* Bertie Charles Forbes (1880-1954), American (Scottish-born) editor and journalist, founder and eponym of "Forbes" magazine in 1917
* William Cameron Forbes (1870-1959), American administrator and diplomat, governor of the Philippines (1909-1913), and ambassador to Japan (1930-1932)
* Alexander Penrose Forbes (1817-1875), Scottish bishop, clergyman, and theologian
* Duncan Forbes (1685-1747), Scottish judge
* Sir Archibald Forbes (1838-1900), British journalist
* George William Forbes (1869-1947), New Zealand politician, Prime Minister from 1930-1935
* Edward Forbes (1815-1854), British Manx naturalist
Please be aware that there is more than one Forbes coat of arms. If you would like this particular Forbes coat of arms, you must describe it on your order form. If you don't describe it on your order form, we will provide you with the oldest coat of arms on record for this surname, which may or may not be the one pictured above.
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