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?

  • Where would you say that name is from ? Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 17:07
  • @NikanaReklawyks Actually, it comes from Latin.
    – Kareen
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 17:11
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    @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. Commented Nov 29, 2012 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.


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. Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 22:51
  • Ah, yes, my licks is a little off, thanks.
    – Kareen
    Commented Nov 29, 2012 at 23:04

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