(m) Gaelic Foirbeis. An Aberdeenshire place-
name meaning ‘field, district,’ which became a surname.
Traditionally the Forbes clan descend from Ochonochar.
He slew a bear which terrorised anyone who tried to live
in Donside, the braes of Forbes. Once the bear had been
disposed of Ochonochar and his family settled there.
The name Forbes is occasionally used in Scotland as a
To Scottish Christian Names