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Gender: M Meaning of Felix: "happy, fortunate" Origin of Felix: Latin Felix's Popularity in 2013: #296

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Felix, energetic and upbeat with a felicitous meaning, has finally transcended its negative associations to Felix The Cat and the persnickety Felix Unger.

The name of four popes and sixty-seven saints, Felix has long been fashionable in upscale London and is rapidly becoming a nameberry fave. The name was first adopted by the ancient Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods. In the Bible, Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea.

The name appears in literature as the central character in George Eliot's novel Felix Holt, the protagonist of Thomas Mann's Confessions of Felix Krull, in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Henry James's The Europeans, Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, and as a member of the Volturi Guard in the Twilight series. In movies Felix has popped up in everything from several James Bond films to Spy Kids and The Hangover.

Gillian Anderson and Elizabeth Banks are two modern celebrities who chose Felix for their baby boys. A notable namesake is Felix Frankfurter, a long-term Supreme Court Justice.

Popular in the Hispanic community, Felix is also celebrating a surge in Germany and Austria, where it is in the Top 15. Felix has been on the U.S. popularity for as long as records have been kept, now at Number 296.

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Famous People Named Felix

Felix Baumgartner, Austrian skydiver
Felix Jones, American football player
Prince Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian of Denmark (b. 2002), younger son of Prince Joachim and his former wife, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg.
Felix Chang Grant (b. 2013), son of English actor Hugh Grant
Felix Lope de Vega, Spanish playwright and poet
Felix Mendelssohn, German composer
Felix Nadar, pioneering French photographer
Felix Pipes, Austrian tennis player
Felix Solis, American actor
Felix Vallotton, Swiss painter and printmaker
Prince Felix Yusupov, assassin of Rasputin
Felix Dzerzhinsky, notorious Soviet statesman
Felix Griffiths (b. 2008), son of actress Gillian Anderson
Felix Bloch, Swiss physicist and Nobel prize winner
Prince Felix Leopold Marie Guillaume of Luxembourg (b. 1984), second son Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
Felix Kjellberg, real name of PewDiePie, the most subscribed person on YouTube

Pop Culture References for the Name Felix

Felix the Cat, cartoon character
Felix Hoenikker, dead scientist and inventor of ice-nine, about whom Jonah intends to write a book, in Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Felix Gaeta, character on Battlestar Gallactica
Felix Unger, character on the US show The Odd Couple
Felix, character in Golden Sun video games
Felix Renton, character in Disney's Kim Possible
Felix Leiter, a character from the James Bond series
Felix Gunn, character in the book Children of the Red King
Felix, an Iberian lynx in the animated film Missing Lynx
Felix, a character from the video game series SSX
Felix, from the 2008 film Made of Honor
Felix is a minor charecter in Rick Riordan's Kane Kronicles
Felix Tapkins, gay bachelor in Dickens's play Is She His Wife? (1837)
Sir Felix Carbury, Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now
Felix Felicis, a good luck" potion used in Harry Potter (6/7)
Fix-it Felix Jr., a character in the Disney movie 'Wreck-It Ralph'
Felix Dawkins, character in sci-fi thriller "Orphan Black," portrayed by Jordan Gavaris
Felix, member of the Volturi, character from the Twilight series
Felix King, a character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
Felix the Rabbit, title character in "Letters from Felix" series about a stuffed
bunny that travels the globe and writes letters to his human friend, Sophie
Felix Boulevardez, character in Disney's "The Proud Family"
Felix De Lacey, Frankenstein character

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Felix's International Variations

Feel (Danish) Félicien, Félix (French) Bodog (Hungarian) Felic (Irish) Felice (Italian) Feliks (Polish) Feliz (Portuguese) Feliks (Russian) Felicjan (Slavic) Feliciano, Felex, Felicio, Felixiano, Feliziano (Spanish)