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Where did the Italian Felix family come from? What is the Italian Felix family crest and coat of arms? When did the Felix family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Felix family history?

The surname Felix is a patronymic surname, created from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. The name Felix came from the Latin word "felix," which means "happy."

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In comparison with other European surnames, Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms. They reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each with its own distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the typical Italian surname suffix is "i", whereas in Southern Italy it is "o". Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. The spelling variations in the name Felix include Felici, Felice, Filice, Felise, Felis, Felisaz, De Felice, De Felici, Del Felice, Di Felice, Felicetti, Felicetta, Felicini, Felicioli, Feliciotti, Feliciani, Felician, Feliziani, Felicioni, Felisati, Felisatti, Feliciangeli, Felicitas and many more.

First found in Rome (Italian: Roma), the capital of the Kingdom of Italy, where Marcus Antonius Felix was a prominent member of the community, as he is known to have cleared the country of robbers.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Felix research. More information is included under the topic Early Felix History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 127 words(9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Felix Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Felix or a variant listed above:

Felix Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Jon Felix, who landed in Virginia in 1653

Felix Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Magdalena Felix, who arrived in Carolina in 1734
  • Barbara Felix arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Michael Felix, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751
  • Nicolaus Felix, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Stephani Felix, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1768


Felix Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Don Felix arrived in Baltimore in 1823
  • A Felix, aged 15, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1826
  • Henry Felix settled in Rhode Island in 1833
  • Francis Felix, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Gustav Adolph Felix, who landed in New York, NY in 1852


Felix Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Catharina Felix, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Isaac Felix, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Maria Felix, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Philip Felix, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

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  • Allyson Felix (b. 1985), American Olympic track and field athlete who won four gold and two silver at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 games
  • Dominique François Xavier Félix, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Maria Felix (1914-2002), from Alamos, Mexico, was one of the biggest movie stars in Mexico


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  1. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
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  6. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  7. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Felix Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Felix Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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