Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. FEH-liks(German, Swedish)

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) Felice(Italian) Feliks(Polish) Félix(Portuguese) Feliks(Russian) Feliks(Slovene) Félix(Spanish)
Same SpellingFélix
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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)

People think this name is

classic   upper class   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   nerdy  

Name Days

Czech Republic: November 1
Finland: September 6
Germany: May 30
Sweden: January 14


Entry updated November 20, 2020