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Meaning & History

From a Roman cognomen meaning "lucky, successful" in Latin. It was acquired as an agnomen, or nickname, by the 1st-century BC Roman general Sulla. It also appears in the New Testament belonging to the governor of Judea who imprisoned Saint Paul.

Due to its favourable meaning, this name was popular among early Christians, being borne by many early saints and four popes. It has been used in England since the Middle Ages, though it has been more popular in continental Europe. A notable bearer was the German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847).
Other Languages & CulturesPhelix Biblical Greek Feliu Catalan Félix French Felice Italian Feliks Polish Félix Portuguese Feliks Russian Feliks Slovene Félix Spanish
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Depiction of Saint Felix of Cantalice by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1640)Depiction of Saint Felix of Cantalice by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1640)

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Entry updated August 26, 2016   Contribute