Felix's Name Day

This year Felix's Name day was on 14th January 2017

Felix is derived from the Latin, 'fortunate' and 'happiness'; Felix has a name day of 14th January and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

Saint Felix, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • All those who have been falsely accused

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Felix has the following symbols associated

  • A cluster of grapes
  • An angel
  • A spider's web

Historically Famous Felixs

There are over 60 saints called Felix recognized as martyrs by the Roman Catholic Church, but one of special interest to English people is the Burgundian who came as a missionary preacher to East Anglia and later became Bishop of Dunwich, the mysterious cathedral town which was washed into the sea. He also gave his name to the port of Felixstowe. He died in 648, and his feast day is kept on 8 March. Felix of Nola lived three centuries earlier, near Naples, and became chaplain to his Bishop, Maximus. During the persecutions carried out by Emperor Decius (249-251), Maximus went into hiding, but Felix was arrested and tortured until he escaped with the help of an angel. He, too, was forced to hide from his pursuers; he succeeded this time with the help of a spider which spun a web covering the entrance of the cave in which he hid. Later, he found Bishop Maximus and looked after him until he died, but he refused to be consecrated bishop himself. He was known for his generosity and compassion and, after his death, great miracle-working power.

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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