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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."

Felice Early Origins



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.

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Felice Spelling Variations


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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.

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Felice Early History


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Felice Early History



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

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Felice Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Felice Early Notables (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 Felice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1829
  • 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 emigrated to the United States from Fiumefreddo, Italy, in 1910
  • Amico Felice, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Bugnara, Italy, in 1912
  • Adelaide Felice, aged 12, who emigrated to America from Gorga, Italy, in 1912
  • Agostino Felice, aged 41, who emigrated to the United States from Buia, Italy, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Felice (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Felice (post 1700)



  • Cynthia Felice, American science fiction writer
  • Nicholas R. Felice (b. 1927), American Republican Party politician
  • 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

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    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    3. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    9. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
    10. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    11. ...

    The Felice Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Felice 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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