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Forbess is a name whose ancestors lived among the Picts, a tribe in ancient Scotland. The Forbess family lived in the lands of Forbes on Aberdeenshire where the family's history dates back before 1000 AD

Forbess Early Origins



The surname Forbess 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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Forbess Spelling Variations


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Forbess Spelling Variations



The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Forbess has been spelled Forbes, Forbose, Forbess, Forbeis (Gaelic) and others.

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Forbess Early History


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Forbess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forbess 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 Forbess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forbess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Forbess 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 Forbess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forbess In Ireland


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Forbess In Ireland



Some of the Forbess 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



The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Forbess:

Forbess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Marg,arett Forbess, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Thomas Forbess, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • George Forbess, who landed in South Carolina in 1716

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Forbess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Forbess 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.

    This page was last modified on 14 July 2015 at 10:27.

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