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Quick Facts on Felicity

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 579
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Felicity

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Felicity

Felicity is an English vocabulary word meaning “happiness, contentment”. The word was borrowed from the Late Latin “felicitas” meaning “happiness, good fortune”. Felicitas was borne by a 2nd/3rd century saint who lived as a slave in the Roman province of Carthage (Northern Africa) and was martyred alongside her mistress Saint Perpetua. These two saints were so highly celebrated in medieval times their names became closely associated with the Roman Church. Perpetua and Felicitas converted to Christianity during a period of time when baptisms were punishable by death in the Roman Empire, and this was the fate handed down to the two women. Their story was further enhanced by a first-person account written by Perpetua in her diaries in the days leading to their execution (if truly written in her own hand, the document is considered the oldest surviving work crafted by a woman). At the time, Perpetua was still nursing her newborn baby and Felicitas was pregnant. Since it was against Roman law to execute a pregnant woman, Felicitas had to wait to give birth (a Christian couple adopted her baby). The two women bravely faced their execution in a public arena (alongside a few other male martyrs at the same time). Saints Perpetua and Felicitas are called upon in prayer to watch over mothers separated from their children (usually during war or persecutions), and they also protect imprisoned mothers. They have historically served as examples of faith and courage which are qualities important especially in the Catholic Church. Yes, we know this isn’t the “happiest” of stories, but according to the story, Felicitas was more than “happy” to meet her fate and martyr herself in the name of Christ. It’s for this reason that the Puritans took up Felicity as a “virtue” name during or after the Protestant Reformation around the 17th century.

Popularity of the Name Felicity

Ironically, this “happy” sounding virtue name did not achieve a position on the American female naming charts until 1998. Although we know it’s been used prior, just not with enough frequency to hit the Top 1000 list for baby girls. It wasn’t the name’s “happy” etymology which finally propelled it onto the charts; nor was it the popular early Christian saint. Nope. What caused the sudden appearance of Felicity on the U.S. naming charts was a television show. “Felicity” first aired in 1998 and starred Keri Russell as a college student. Future parents apparently liked the name enough and Felicity finally landed a spot on the Top 1000 list for the first time the year the drama series debuted. The usage of this name may have also been influenced by American Doll Felicity Merriman, a free-spirited girl living in colonial America before and during the Revolutionary War. In any case, this name is still quite underused and holds the distinction of being at position #666 on the charts today. Still, what more do you wish for on your child but “happiness”? Who can argue with its meaning? Perhaps you can name her brother Felix (also from the Latin meaning “happy, good fortune”). Although Felicity has an ancient etymology, it still feels quite modern. The name is energetic, upbeat and friendly (but without sounding too “cutesy” on a mature woman). In other words, Felicity is a “happy” name but without the unicorns and rainbows. It’s also got that beautiful four-syllable sound. Lissy and Fliss are possible pet names. This one is clearly not in danger of becoming overused any time soon, so it might be one to consider if you like original yet traditional choices.
Popularity of the Girl Name Felicity
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Felicity

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Felicity

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Felicity

    Felicity “Fee” Mildrade Worthington (Gemma Doyle Trilogy) Felicity Worthington is one of the main characters in Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle Trilogy, written between 2003 and 2007, and depicting the Gothic adventures of a young girl at an English boarding school in 1895, along with her three friends, including Felicity. Felicity becomes Gemma’s friend after Gemma witnesses her in a compromising activity with Ithal, and Gemma promises not to tell. Felicity is a full-figured, sensuous, pale blond who is rather resentful of Gemma for her higher occult powers. She is also a complex young girl, who copes with a disturbing past and strives to be in control and powerful. At the same time, she is a loyal friend, especially to Gemma, and struggles with feelings of guilt and abandonment. Witty and sarcastic, Felicity is a force to be reckoned with, as she boldly seizes and devours the fruit of life, forbidden or not – she is a rebellious young woman who would be more at home in a later century than the nineteenth.

  • Popular Songs on Felicity

    Popular Songs on Felicity

    Felicity - a song by Orange Juice

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Felicity

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Felicity

    Cousin Felicity and the Eels of Misty Point (Kaal Kaczmarek) - When Cousin Felicity hobbles and wobbles her way into the lives of Daniel and Sophie on Misty Point farm, all manner of dark mischief and mayhem ensues. The day after Felicity's arrival, tragedy strikes the farm. Feathery friends lie dead and a killer is unaccounted for...Who can save the family and the farm? Brainy Daniel? Stroppy Sophie? Pouty Felicity? Slobbery Lucky? Just like an eel there are many twists in this tale. Cousin Felicity and the Eels of Misty Point is a playful, suspenseful comedy thriller set in New Zealand, written with a wink toward Huck Finn. Recommended for ages 12-14.

    Felicity & Cordelia: A Tale of Two Bunnies (Lisa Jahn-Clough) - Felicity likes adventures. Cordelia likes to stay home. While Felicity sets off on her hot air balloon, Cordelia picks berries and bakes pies. Through letters, paintings, and dreams, the two are never far apart. When Felicity runs into trouble on her trip, she knows that it's time to come back home. This charming story of two unlikely friends shows that differences can be a good thing. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Felicity Boxed Set with Game (Valerie Tripp) - From the American Girl series. This keepsake boxed set features Felicity's six beautifully illustrated books. Discover what it was like to grow up in colonial America. The set also opens up to a fun-filled game. Collect cards featuring Felicity's favorite things, and earn points as you move around the board. The first person to finish is not necessarily the winner. Roll the die and see what happens! Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo (E.S. Redmond) - Follow a sniffly girl on a hands-on trip to the zoo, and you’ll find one miserable menagerie — and a comical ode to the virtue of tissues. “All of the animals down at the zoo / Are snuffling and snorting and sneezing ACHOO”. Why are the hyenas crying boo-hoo? And what gave the rhino a sickly green hue? It starts when Felicity Floo wipes her red, runny nose and transfers the goo…Kids will be happily grossed out to follow the icky trail as she pets one hapless, bleary-eyed creature after another. With whimsical, stylized illustrations showing Felicity’s handprints on every spread, this cautionary tale will have readers roaring out loud — and racing off to wash their hands! Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Felicity the Friday Fairy: A Rainbow Magic Book (Daisy Meadows) - The Fun Day Fairies are each responsible for adding spunk and sparkle to one day of the week! But when their magic disappears, they need Rachel and Kirsty's help. No fun in Fairyland? The Fun Day Fairies are each responsible for adding spunk and sparkle to one day of the week! But when Jack Frost steals their magic, they need Rachel and Kirsty's help. Without the fairies' special flags, every day of the week will be gloomy and glum. Rachel's Gran has Felicity the Friday Fairy's special flag! She thinks it's a pretty new scarf. But now the goblins are after her! Rachel and Kirsty have to do something…before it's too late. Find the magic flag in each book, and help fill every day of the week with fun! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Felicity Wishes Little Book of Friendship (Emma Thomson) - This captivating mini-book is filled with thoughts on friendship. Felicity Wishes is a magical fairy who can make dreams come true with a sparkly wave of her fairy wand. Featuring die-cut covers and pages with gold glitter, these mini-books will be favorites of fairy fans of all ages. Several more books in the series. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Meet Felicity (Valerie Tripp) - First book of the series. Many more available. Felicity falls in love with a beautiful horse named Penny. When she discovers that the owner is cruel, she is determined to find a way to save Penny. Recommended for ages 7-11.

  • Famous People Named Felicity

    Famous People Named Felicity

    Famous People Named Felicity - Felicity Huffman (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Felicity

    Children of Famous People Named Felicity

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Felicity - Keisha Castle-Hughes (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Felicity - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Felicity - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Felicity.

Personality of the Girl Name Felicity

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Felicity

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