Show ContentsFeliciano History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Feliciano family

The surname Feliciano 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 Feliciano family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Feliciano research. The years 1217, 1291, 1433, 1463 and 1479 are included under the topic Early Feliciano History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Feliciano 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 Feliciano 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 Feliciano family

Prominent among members of the family was

  • Felice Feliciano (1433-1479) born in Verona, he was an accomplished calligrapher, composer of alchemical sonnets, and expert on Roman antiquity...

Feliciano Ranking

In the United States, the name Feliciano is the 1,464th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1]

United States Feliciano migration to the United States +

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

Feliciano Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cesara Feliciano, aged 52, who immigrated to America, in 1901
  • Di Sanza Feliciano, aged 40, who landed in America from Roccaroso, in 1905
  • Bernardo Feliciano, aged 21, who landed in America from Introdacqua, Aquila, in 1909
  • Luigi Feliciano, aged 23, who landed in America from Campli, Italy, in 1910
  • Cristina Feliciano, aged 23, who landed in America from Melfi, Italy, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Feliciano (post 1700) +

  • Jon Feliciano, American football offensive guard for the Oakland Raiders
  • Haydee Feliciano, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Puerto Rico, 1952 [2]
  • António Feliciano (1922-2010), former Portuguese footballer who played for Belenenses (1944-1950) Member of the Portugal National Team (1945-1949)
  • Jesús Feliciano (b. 1979), former Puerto Rican Major League Baseball player for the New York Mets in the 2010 season
  • Francisco Feliciano (1941-2014), Filipino composer and conductor, National Artist of the Philippines for Music in 2014
  • Pedro Juan Feliciano (b. 1976), Puerto Rican Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher
  • José Luis "Cheo" Feliciano Vega (1935-2014), Puerto Rican composer and singer of salsa and bolero music
  • Jose Feliciano (b. 1945), Puerto-Rico born, singer/guitarist, one of the most prominent Latin-born performers of the pop era, probably best known for his rendition of "Light My Fire" and the best-selling Christmas single "Feliz Navidad"
  • Hector Feliciano (b. 1952), Puerto Rican author
  • Feliciano Muñoz Rivilla (1936-2017), Spanish footballer

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  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from on Facebook