Subject: Re: Surname Forbes
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: November 20, 2004 at 7:00 AM
Reply to: Re: Surname Forbes by Andy ;—)

With regard to the meaning, Basil Cottle (Penguin Dictionary of Surnames) gives "field, district", but precedes this with a question mark. He suggests that it is Gaelic with an English plural S tacked on (so "fields"?). Not very convincing in my opinion.Whether or not this is relevant I can't say, but the name had two syllables originally, pronounced For-bess.

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