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The ancestors of the first family to use the name Forbes lived among the ancient Scottish people called the Picts. The Forbes family lived in the lands of Forbes on Aberdeenshire where the family's history dates back before 1000 AD

Forbes Early Origins



The surname Forbes was first found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, at Pitscottie from 1168, which was later named "the Braes of Forbes." Legend has it that the founder of the Clan, Oconochar, slew a bear in order to take up residence there. One of the first records of the name from this region was Duncan de Forbeys who received a grant of lands c. 1272 from King Alexander III. Later, John de Fernboys was listed as rendering allegiance to King Edward I of England in 1296. It was also found that a William of Forbace was canon of Aberdeen in 1464

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Forbes Spelling Variations


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Forbes Spelling Variations



In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Forbes has appeared Forbes, Forbose, Forbess, Forbeis (Gaelic) and others.

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Forbes Early History


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Forbes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forbes research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1581, 1626, 1380, 1448, 1611, 1680, 1644, 1704, 1685, 1747, 1629, 1712, 1590, 1632, 1623, 1696, 1671 and are included under the topic Early Forbes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forbes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forbes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Alexander de Forbes, (c. 1380-1448) 1st Lord Forbes, progenitor of the lordship; Patrick Forbes (1611?-1680), Scottish bishop of Caithness; and Duncan Forbes (1644-1704), a Scottish...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forbes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forbes In Ireland


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Forbes In Ireland



Some of the Forbes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North Ameri ca. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Forbes:

Forbes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Johannes Forbes, aged 50, landed in New York in 1651
  • Alexander Forbes settled in Maryland in 1666

Forbes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Forbes, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Colin Forbes settled in Charles Town in 1766
  • Janet Forbes, aged 18, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Donald Forbes, aged 39, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775
  • Patrick Forbes, who landed in Mississippi in 1798

Forbes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Forbes, who arrived in New York in 1801
  • Ann Forbes, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jos Forbes, who arrived in America in 1805
  • John Forbes, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Alexander Forbes, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forbes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Forbes, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Forbes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jane Forbes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Jane Forbes, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mary Forbes, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forbes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Forbes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Charles Forbes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • James Forbes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • John Forbes, aged 30, landed in Canada in 1812
  • John Forbes, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forbes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Forbes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • Jean Forbes, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  • Charles Forbes arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • Elizabeth Forbes arrived in Kangaroo Bay aboard the ship "Tam O'Shanter" in 1836 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  • James Forbes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Forbes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Forbes, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
  • Robert Forbes, aged 35, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Margaret Forbes, aged 30, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Eliza Forbes, aged 9, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • John Forbes, aged 7, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Forbes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Forbes (post 1700)



  • James Randy Forbes (b. 1952), American politician in U.S. House of Representatives
  • Michelle Forbes (b. 1965), born Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo, American Daytime Emmy Award nominated actress
  • Esther Forbes (1891-1967), American novelist and children's writer, recipient of the Pulitzer Prize and the Newbery Medal
  • Edwin Austin Forbes (1839-1895), American landscape painter, etcher, and war artist during the American Civil War
  • China Forbes (b. 1970), American singer and songwriter, and the lead singer of Pink Martini
  • Malcolm Stevenson "Steve" Forbes Jr. (b. 1947), American publisher of Forbes magazine
  • William Cameron Forbes (1870-1959), American administrator and diplomat, governor of the Philippines (1909-1913), and ambassador to Japan (1930-1932)
  • Bertie Charles Forbes (1880-1954), Scottish-born, American editor and journalist, founder and eponym of "Forbes" magazine in 1917
  • Ross Forbes (b. 1989), Scottish footballer
  • Fred Forbes (b. 1894), Scottish footballer
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Forbes Historic Events


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Forbes Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Robert Gordon Staunton Forbes (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Oatley, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Ian Dudley Stewart Forbes, British Lieutenant, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, also sailed aboard the HMS Stronghold

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Suggested Readings for the name Forbes


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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.

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Forbes Clan Badge


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Forbes Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Forbes
Bainerghan, Bainerham, Bainerhan, Bainermain, Bainerman, Bainermand, Bainermane, Bainermant, Bainermen, Bainermend, Bainerment, Bainermind, Bainermint, Bainermyn, Bainermynd, Banaman, Banerghan, Banerham, Banerhan, Banermain, Banerman, Banermand, Banermane, Banermant, Banermen, Banermend, Banerment, Banermind, Banermint, Banermyn, Banermynd, Banghan, Banhan, Banman, Banmand, Banmane, Banmant, Banmen, Banmend, Banment, Banmind, Banmint, Banmyn, Banmynd, Bannaghan, Bannaham, Bannahan, Bannaman, Bannamand, Bannamane and more.

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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1835 with 132 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1835
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TAM O'SHANTER - 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836TamOShanter.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

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  3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  4. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  7. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  11. ...

The Forbes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forbes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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