Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Dulce f. Old French dolz, dous, Middle French doux, douce, from Latin dulcis 'pleasant, charming; sweet; kind, dear'.

The name of a 12th-century queen consort of Portugal, daughter of the count of Barcelona and queen of Aragon.

Compare Italian Soave and Dutch Zoete.

England
Latin
1279–80 Dulcia (nom) WaHR-SK p. 47; 1300 Douce (nom) ProcSuf-vol3 p. 245, Duce (nom) ibid. p. 240; 1377 Dulcia (nom) FenPT-2 p. 4; 1381 Dulcia (nom) ibid. p. 11, Suffolk1381 p. 76
France
Latin
1094 Dulcis (nom) StVdM-II 686
1179 Dulceta (nom) clairvaux-12thc 176
Italy
Latin
1265x1339 Dulcis (nom) BBC-Berg 354
Portugal
Latin
1189 Dulcia (nom) PHGCRP-I no. 9; 1190 Dulcia (nom) ibid. no. 8; 1209 Dulcia (abl) ibid. no. 10, Dulciæ (dat) ibid. no. 10; 1211 Dulciae (gen) ibid. no. 6
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Dulce". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Dulce.