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If an equivalent exists. Or if it doesn't, would a native French speaker find it at all difficult to pronounce the name "Felix"? If yes, is there a similar name that is more natural?

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Where would you say that name is from ? – Nikana Reklawyks Nov 29 '12 at 17:07
@NikanaReklawyks Actually, it comes from Latin. – Kareen Nov 29 '12 at 17:11
@Kareen : The thing is once we know it comes from latin, I don't really understand how French speakers would have any difficulty at pronouncing it. Hence maybe it's a lot more common elsewhere, which would be more what my question was about, le cas échéant. – Nikana Reklawyks Nov 29 '12 at 19:35
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Félicien came to my mind, if you really want to change it. Félix is perfectly pronouncable for French people though, and not uncommon as a first name.

According to this page, for men, Félix and Félicien are both coming from the latin felix, so any of both would do.

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Felix comes from Latin, meaning "happy". Félix is the French version (~fay-leeks or [feɪliks] in English IPA).

It's a fairly common name, though according to Wikipedia, more popular in Quebec than in Europe. You get a lot of hits if you google it.

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Well one would probably sound fay-licks as ['feɪ.lɪks], which not quite the same as [fe.liks] in French. – Stéphane Gimenez Nov 29 '12 at 22:51
Ah, yes, my licks is a little off, thanks. – Kareen Nov 29 '12 at 23:04

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