"happy, fortunate"

Felix Origin and Meaning

The name Felix is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "happy, fortunate".

Felix is one of those ancient but nontraditional names for boys that have come into favor over the past few decades, a favorite of parents who want a masculine name with history and heft that breaks ranks with the standard Franks and Freds. Felix is also an international darling, ranking in the Top 100 in several European and English-speaking countries.

Felix was originally a Roman surname but was adopted as a nickname by the ancient Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods. It is the name of four popes and sixty-seven saints; in the Bible, Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea.

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 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 abroad. Felix has been on the U.S. popularity list for as long as records have been kept and is rapidly becoming a Nameberry fave.

# 192 in the US

Felix Rank in US Top 1000

# 5 on Nameberry

Felix Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Felix Popularity

Famous People Named Felix

  • Felix MendelssohnGerman composer
  • Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg aka PewDiePieSwedish Youtuber
  • Felix BaumgartnerAustrian skydiver
  • Felix JonesAmerican football player
  • Felix Lope de VegaSpanish playwright and poet
  • Felix Nadarpioneering French photographer
  • Felix PipesAustrian tennis player
  • Felix SolisAmerican actor
  • Felix SandmanSwedish pop,singer
  • Felix VallottonSwiss painter and printmaker
  • Felix Felixovich Yusupovassassin of Rasputin
  • Felix Dzerzhinskynotorious Soviet statesman
  • Felix BlochSwiss physicist and Nobel prize winner
  • Felix Leopold Marie Guillaume (b. 1984)Prince of Luxembourg, son of Grand Duke Henri and Grand Duchess Maria Teresa
  • Felix Radford (b. 1991)son of director Michael Radford
  • Felix Lee (b. 2000)Korean,Australian rapper and member of South Korean boy band Stray Kids
  • Felix Henrik Valdemar Christian (b. 2002)Prince of Denmark, son of Prince Joachim and Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg
  • Felix Delaney (b. 2007)son of actors Fiona O'Carroll and Martin Delaney
  • Felix Watson (b. 2007)son of actor Barry Watson
  • Felix Griffiths (b. 2008)son of actress Gillian Anderson
  • Felix Handelman (b. 2011)son of actress Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman
  • Felix Chang Grant (b. 2013)son of English actor Hugh Grant
  • Felix Rye Ladwig (b. 2014)son of pair skater Mark Ladwig
  • Felix George Dunstan (b. 2014)son of Australian youtubers Rohan and Chloe Dunstan (Life with Beans)

Felix in Pop Culture

  • Felix the Catcartoon character
  • Felix Hoenikkerdead scientist and inventor of ice,nine, about whom Jonah intends to write a book, in Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Felix Gaetacharacter on TV's "Battlestar Gallactica"
  • Felix Ungercharacter in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," film and TV series
  • Felixcharacter in web series "Red vs. Blue"
  • Felixcharacter in Golden Sun video games
  • Felix Rentoncharacter on animated series "Kim Possible"
  • Felix Leitercharacter from the James Bond series
  • Felix Gunncharacter in "Children of the Red King"
  • Felixan Iberian lynx in the animated film Missing Lynx
  • Felixa character from the video game series SSX
  • Felixcharacter in 2008 film Made of Honor
  • Felixminor character in Rick Riordan's Kane Kronicles
  • Felix Tapkinsgay bachelor in Dickens's play Is She His Wife? (1837)
  • Sir Felix Carburycharacter in Anthony Trollope's The Way We Live Now
  • Felix Felicisa luck potion used in Harry Potter (6/7)
  • Fixit Felix Jr., a character in the Disney movie 'Wreck,It Ralph'
  • Felix Dawkinscharacter on TV's "Orphan Black"
  • Felixmember of the Volturi, character from the Twilight series
  • Felix Kinga character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
  • Felix the Rabbittitle character in "Letters from Felix" series about a stuffed
  • bunny that travels the globe and writes letters to his human friendSophie
  • Felix Boulevardezcharacter in Disney's "The Proud Family"
  • Felix De Laceycharacter in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
  • Felixmain character from the 'Once, Then, Now and After' books by Morris Gleitzman
  • Felix Taggarominor character in hit TV show, "One Tree Hill"
  • Felix Nowakcharacter in "The Key" by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg
  • Felixyounger brother of Audrey in "Finding Audrey" by Sophie Kinsella
  • Felix Gunncharacter in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
  • Felix Moorecharacter in Chronicles of Avonlea, By L.M. Montgomery
  • Felix Kingcharacter in the Story Girl, by L.M. Montgomery
  • Felix Alexiuscharacter in video game "Dragon Age: Inquisition"
  • Felixcharacter in MTV's "Faking It"
  • Felixcharacter from the "Asylum" book series by Madeleine Roux
  • Felixa scrapped character from the TV show "Miraculous Ladybug"
  • Felixa character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
  • Felixlost boy in the tv show "Once Upon A Time"

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