Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.
There are approximately 19,870 people named Forbes in the UK. That makes it the 510th most common surname overall. Out of every million people in the UK, approximately 314 are named Forbes.
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Related and similar surnamesFarb
The Forbes surname in historical dictionaries
An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857)
Patronymica Britannica (1860)
Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.