Forbis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The annals of Scottish history reveal that Forbis was first used as a name by ancestors of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Forbis family lived in the lands of Forbes on Aberdeenshire where the family's history dates back before 1000 AD
Early Origins of the Forbis family
The surname Forbis 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 and later still, William of Forbace was canon of Aberdeen in 1464. 
Early History of the Forbis family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Forbis research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1626, 1581, 1626, 1380, 1448, 1165, 1214, 1611, 1680, 1644, 1704, 1685, 1747, 1629, 1712, 1590, 1632, 1623, 1696, 1671 and are included under the topic Early Forbis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Forbis Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Forbis has been spelled Forbes, Forbose, Forbess, Forbeis (Gaelic) and others.
Early Notables of the Forbis family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Alexander de Forbes, (c. 1380-1448) 1st Lord Forbes, progenitor of the lordship. He was "the eldest son of Sir John de Forbes of that ilk. The lands of Forbes in Aberdeenshire gave name to the family, who trace back their ancestors in it to the time of King William the Lion (1165-1214). Sir John...
Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Forbis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the United States, the name Forbis is the 9,242nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Forbis family to Ireland
Some of the Forbis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 134 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Forbis migration to the United States ||+|
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Forbis:
Forbis Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Forbis, who landed in Maryland in 1674 
- William Forbis, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 
Forbis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Henry Forbis, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 
Forbis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William P Forbis, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Forbis (post 1700) ||+|
- Christopher Forbis, American animation script writer and voice actor
- Amanda Forbis, Canadian animator who with her partner Wendy Tilby, received their second Academy Award nomination in 2012, known for thier work on When the Day Breaks (1999), Wild Life (2011) and United Airlines: The Meeting (2006)
|Historic Events for the Forbis family ||+|
- Mr. James L. Forbis, American Coxswain working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking 
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- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html