The surname Filice 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 Filice came from the Latin word "felix," which means "happy."
Early Origins of the Filice family
The surname Filice 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 Filice family
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Filice 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 Filice 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 Filice 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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Filice Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Filice family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Filice or a variant listed above:
Filice Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Carolina Filice, aged 19, who landed in America from Rende, Italy, in 1912
- Bruno Filice, aged 58, who settled in America from Domici, Italy, in 1914
- Domenico Filice, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Lauriguano, Sicily, in 1914
- Chiara Filice, aged 11, who emigrated to America from Donnici, Italy, in 1915
- Angelina Filice, aged 28, who landed in America from Cosewha, Italy, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Filice (post 1700)
- Jim Filice (b. 1962), American former professional motorcycle racer from San Jose, California, inducted in the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000
- Francis Patrick Filice (b. 1922), American priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco
- Fabio Filice (b. 1981), Canadian CFL offensive lineman from Hamilton, Ontario who played from 2005-2008