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

Early Origins of the Felicia family

The surname Felicia 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 Felicia family

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Felicia 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 Felicia 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 Felicia 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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Migration of the Felicia family

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Felicia 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Felicia (post 1700) +

  • Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835), English poetess, born in Duke Street, Liverpool, on 25 Sept. 1793, the daughter of George Browne, merchant, of Liverpool, and at one time Imperial and Tuscan consul there
  • Felicia Ferrone, American industrial and furniture designer from Chicago, Illinois
  • Felicia Lily "Fefe" Dobson (b. 1985), award-winning Canadian two-time Juno Award nominated singer-songwriter and model
  • Felicia Farr (b. 1932), born Olive Dinesis, a former American actress and model, second husband was the film star Jack Lemmon
  • Felicia Middlebrooks (b. 1957), American radio news broadcaster
  • Felicia Lamport (1916-1999), American poet and satirist
  • Felicia Weathers, well known internationally, American opera and concert singer
  • Felicia Skene (1821-1899), Scottish author, friend of Florence Nightingale
  • Felicia Malanowski, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook