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The surname 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 Felice came from the Latin word "felix," which means "happy."

Early Origins of the Felice family

The surname 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 Felice family

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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 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 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...
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Felice Ranking

In the United States, the name Felice is the 11,712nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Felice migration to the United States +

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

Felice Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Felice, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829 [2]
  • Alamio Felice, aged 44, who settled in America, in 1893
Felice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alfredo Felice, aged 30, who settled in America from Roccadinezzo, Italy, in 1909
  • Alfonso Felice, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Fiumefreddo, Italy, in 1910
  • Amico Felice, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Bugnara, Italy, in 1912
  • Adelaide Felice, aged 12, who immigrated to America from Gorga, Italy, in 1912
  • Agostino Felice, aged 41, who immigrated to the United States from Buia, Italy, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Felice (post 1700) +

  • Nicholas R. Felice (1927-2021), American Republican Party politician who represented the 40th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1982 to 2002, Mayor of Fair Lawn
  • Cynthia Felice, American science fiction writer
  • Aurelio De Felice (1915-1996), Italian sculptor
  • Renzo De Felice (1929-1996), Italian historian
  • Fortunato Bartolommeo Felice (1723-1789), 2nd Comte de Panzutti, Italian nobleman, author, scientist, and publisher
  • John P. Felice, Maltese Jesuit priest, eponym of The John Felice Rome Center
  • Kathryn Felice Lampard CBE (b. 1960), English former barrister and former Deputy Chairwoman of the Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Michele Felice Cornè (1752-1845), Italian-born, American painter
  • Padre Felice Ramelli (1666-1740), Italian painter of the Baroque period
  • Felice Salis (1938-2021), Italian field hockey player who competed in the men's tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook