Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. /ˈfeː.lɪks/(German, Dutch) FEH-liks(Swedish) /ˈfi.lɪks/(English) /ˈfeː.liːks/(Latin)  [key·simplify]

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).

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesPhelix(Biblical Greek) Feliu(Catalan) Félix(French) Félix(Hungarian) Felice(Italian) Feliks(Polish) Félix(Portuguese) Feliks(Russian) Feliks(Slovene) Félix(Spanish)
Same SpellingFélix
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People think this name is

classic   youthful   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange  

Name Days

Austria: January 14
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Austria: August 30
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Austria: December 30
Czechia: November 1
Denmark: January 14
Finland: September 6
Germany: May 30
Sweden: January 14


Depiction of Saint Felix of Cantalice by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1640)Depiction of Saint Felix of Cantalice by Peter Paul Rubens (c. 1640)


Entry updated December 7, 2022