The surname Delfelice 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 Delfelice came from the Latin word "felix," which means "happy."
Early Origins of the Delfelice family
The surname Delfelice was 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.
Early History of the Delfelice family
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Delfelice Spelling Variations
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 Delfelice 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.
Early Notables of the Delfelice family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Giurarono Feliciani of Bologna was a part of the crusades in 1217. Enrichetto Feliciani was a member of government in 1291 in Bologna, and was also involved in planning... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Delfelice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Delfelice family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Delfelice or a variant listed above: Amantonia DeFelice, aged 26, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Casoli, Italy, in 1907; Angelo DeFelice, aged 39, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Vasto, Italy, in 1916.