Felicity

The name comes directly from the English word for happiness and the Latin word felicitas of the same meaning. It was borne by an early Christian saint and martyr and later became a common name among American puritans.

In Ancient Rome, Felicitas was the personification of luck and fortune.

Currently, Felicity ranked in as the 764th most popular female name in the United States, (2010). It was the name of late 1990s television series and is also the name of one of the original American Girls in the American Girl series of books which recounts the day and a life of a 18th-century American girl living in colonial Williamsburg.

Other forms of the name include:

Felicitat (Catalan)

Félicité (French)

Felicitas/Felizitas (German)
Felicitás (Hungarian)
Felicitász (Hungarian)
Felìcita (Italian)
Felicitas (Latin)
Felicyta (Polish)
Felicidade (Portuguese)
Felicidad (Spanish)

A common 18th-century diminutive was Flick.

Source

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/felicity

Zita

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Italian
Meaning: “little girl; maiden; virgin.”
(ZEE-ta)

The name is derived from the Tuscan medieval dialectical term referring either to a little girl or unmarried woman. Over time, the term has taken on various meanings depending on the region of Italy. In some instances, it was used as a term of endearment for a young girl, in others, it was used to refer to a “spinster.” In modern Sicilian, zita literally means “girlfriend” while zito is boyfriend.

The name was borne by a famous medieval Italian saint, Zita of Lucca (1218-1227). Since she was a poor servant of unknown background, Zita may have actually been an affectionate nickname given by her devout followers, her true name being lost to history.

St. Zita was known for her piety and selfless acts. She was known for taking her megre earnings and food to the poor. She is also known for many miracles. She is considered the patron saint of servants and lost keys. Due to her cult, the name became popular outside of Italy and in other Catholic countries.

In German, the name could also be considered a contracted form of Felizitas.

As of 2009, Zita was the 65th most popular female name in Hungary and the 65th most popular female name in Belgium (2006)

Other forms of the name include:

Zita (Czech/French/German/Hungarian/Italian/Latvian/Lithuanian/Portuguese/Slovak/Slovene)
Zite (French)
Zitella (French)
Zéra (French)
Zérane (French)
Cita (Italian)
Zyta (Polish)

Nicknames include the Czech, Zitka, Zituška, Zitunka, Zituš, Zituna, Zitule and Zitulka. The Polish Zytka.

Italian masculine forms include: Zito, Zitolo, Cito and Citolo

The designated name day is April 2 (Slovakia); April 24 (Italy; Poland) April 27 (Lithuanian); August 11 (Latvia); September 19 (Czech Republic)

Sources

  1. http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zita
  2. http://www.behindthename.com/php/find.php?name=zita