The surname Di felice 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 Di felice came from the Latin word "felix," which means "happy."
Early Origins of the Di felice family
The surname Di felice 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 Di felice family
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Di felice 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 Di felice 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 Di felice 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 Di felice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Di felice family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Di felice or a variant listed above:
Di felice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Generoso DiFelice, aged 56, who settled in America from Chieti, Italy, in 1910
- Guiseppe DiFelice, aged 27, who landed in America from Bellatguardo, Italy, in 1910
- Felice DiFelice, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Palombaso, Italy, in 1911
- Domenico DiFelice, aged 22, who settled in America from Gagliano Aterno, Italy, in 1912
- Donato DiFelice, aged 42, who landed in America from Forenza, Italy, in 1913
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