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Type Surname (from location)

Meaning & History

Comes from a Scottish place meaning "field" in Gaelic. It can also be used as a first name.
One of the oldest clans in Scotland, the Forbes family has been well-established since the 1300s. Forbes comes from the Gaelic "forbais" meaning "at the land" or "field." The clan motto is "Grace Me Guide" and the crest is a stag inside a circular belt. Derivatives and sub-clans include Forbess, Berry, Boyes, Michie, and Walters. The Castle Forbes is located near Alford.
Added 7/30/2008 by forbalathegreen
Edited 2/6/2016 by Sofia