The Scottish surname Forbes is an habitational name from a place near Aberdeen, derived from the Gaelic word forba meaning “ a field or district.” John Forbes the progenitor of the Forbes clan appears in a charter of Alexander, Earl of Buchan, dated 1236. His son Alexander, a man of high valor, lost his life when defending the Urquhart Castle against Edward I. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1651 when Johannes Forbes is recorded in New York. Today there are 32,000 bearers of the name Forbes living in the US.
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