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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."
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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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
Felix Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Felix Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Felix Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
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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