Felicity History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname Felicity 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 Felicity came from the Latin word "felix," which means "happy."
Early Origins of the Felicity family
The surname Felicity 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 Felicity family
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Felicity 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 Felicity 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 Felicity 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 Felicity family
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Felicity 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 Felicity (post 1700) +
- Felicity Anne Bryan MBE (1945-2020), British literary agent, founder of Felicity Bryan Associates based in Oxford
- Felicity Pia Hampel SC (b. 1955), Australian human rights lawyer and, since 2005, judge of the County Court of Victoria
- Felicity Ann Urquhart (b. 1976), Australian country music singer-songwriter
- Felicity "Fliss" Abram (b. 1986), Australian professional triathlete
- Dame Felicity Lott DBE FRAM FRCM (b. 1947), English soprano
- Felicity LaFortune (b. 1954), American television actress
- Felicity Kendall Huffman (b. 1962), American Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actress
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