- "Felicity" redirects here. For the doll, see Felicity Merriman (doll).
Felicity Merriman is the fourth Historical Character, representing the pre-Revolutionary War period. Felicity was first released in 1991.
In September 2010, American Girl announced that they would archive Felicity's entire collection; she, Elizabeth Cole, and their collection would no longer be available. On March 28, 2011, the Felicity and Elizabeth dolls, along with their collections, were officially archived. Felicity's books, the movie, and the two Mini Dolls remained available for purchase.
Felicity was re-released in 2017 as a BeForever character, making her the second character re-released after Samantha Parkington. She was archived again in December 2019 and her books retired in 2020, though her mini doll remains available.
Personality and Facts
Felicity (nicknamed Lissie) is a tomboyish, daring, adventurous, spunky, brave, and fiercely independent-minded girl. She is very active for a girl her age in her era and is annoyed at her lack of freedom as a young girl and the ladylike things and personality that is expected of her. Felicity believes in fighting for what she wants and can be quite stubborn and headstrong at times; this gives her a strong connection to Benjamin Davidson. When she wants something, she goes for it, quite often without thinking about it. She sometimes wavers between brave and foolish and sets her heart on things often. When Felicity is angry, she's never afraid to speak her mind and stand up to bullies, as she did with Jiggy Nye. Felicity also isn't afraid to tease Annabelle, coming up with the name "Bananabelle". Felicity is good with coming up with names. She came up with Polly's, Posie's name, Penny's, and Patriot.
Felicity learned to ride and make friends with horses at Grandfather's Plantation; this aids her in taming Penny, but is a hindrance when it gives her overconfidence in Felicity Takes a Dare.
She is constantly fussed at for being not very ladylike. For the most part Felicity is a "tomboy" with a love for horses, nature, and the great outdoors. She is quite impatient—especially when it comes to things she finds dull and boring—and is often regarded as "flighty" and "thoughtless" by her mother and often chided for not finishing or tending to her domestic work properly. She shows disinterest for the most part in cooking, sewing, dance, and other then-feminine skills, though she does like working in her garden and playing her guitar, which was considered feminine then. Sewing especially bores her and she is generally sloppy in her work. Felicity loves horses more than anything, hence her affection for Penny that is carried throughout the series and her dedicated care towards her from the start. She eventually learns how to be more of a lady throughout the series with events such as dancing at a fancy dancing lesson designed as a ball, and learning how to serve tea; however, she is still quite active.
Felicity enjoys working in her father's store, where she can imagine where all the items come from. She tends to act more like a fine lady at the store.
Felicity enjoys making her best friend Elizabeth laugh.
American Girl characterizes her as "spunky" and "spritely." Americangirlpublishing.com describes her as "independent", "loyal", and "spirited". American Girl's e-card describes her as steadfast.
Family and Friends
- Martha Merriman: Felicity's mother
- Edward Merriman: Felicity's father.
- Nan Merriman: Felicity’s younger sister.
- William Merriman: Felicity’s younger brother.
- Polly Merriman: Felicity’s youngest sister.
- Grandfather: Felicity’s grandfather.
Friends and Other Characters
- Benjamin Davidson: An apprentice to Father.
- Elizabeth Cole: Felicity’s best friend.
- Annabelle Cole: Elizabeth’s older sister.
- Penny: A spirited horse.
- Jiggy Nye: Penny’s first owner; the local tanner.
- Miss Manderly: Felicity’s teacher.
- Rose: an enslaved woman who works for the Merrimans as the family's cook.
- Marcus: an enslaved man who works for the Merrimans.
- Main article: Felicity Merriman (doll)
- Felicity’s low cut outfits resulted in the body fabric of the dolls being changed from white to skin-colored.
- When Kaya debuted in 2002, Felicity was pulled from the catalogs with a note saying that she would now be an online exclusive; during this time several of her items and outfits were retired. She was later revamped with the release of her movie and Elizabeth Cole.
- Felicity was the first new character released after the first three--Kirsten Larson, Samantha Parkington, and Molly McIntire.
- Felicity was the first character to be made without bangs.
- Felicity's house is located on Duke of Gloucester Street.
- While still in development, Sandy Bradshaw (then Colonial Williamsburg’s senior manager of guest communications) assisted in design. The character was initially blonde and named Lucy; Felicity was later chosen as a more suitable name.
- It is confirmed in the American Girl Magazine version that the short story Felicity Takes a Dare happens before the events of Meet Felicity, after Felicity's ninth birthday.
- Lady Margaret's Ghost, pg. 45:
Anne's eyes were bright with interest. "Where do you live?"
"On Duke of Gloucester Street," Felicity answered. "A block and a half from Merriman's store, if you know where that is."
- Colonial Williamsburg employee behind beloved American Girl doll, written February 18, 2017; accessed January 15th, 2019.
|American Girl Historical Characters|
Felicity Merriman ♦ ★
Caroline Abbott ♦ ★
Molly McIntire ♦ ★
|★ Archived / ♦ Part of the BeForever Collection|
|BeForever-Revised and Released Historical Characters|
Felicity Merriman ♦ ★
Molly McIntire ♦ ★
|★ Archived | ♦ Re-released for BeForever | ♥ First Released in BeForever|