Gender: Female Pronunciation: dull-SIN-ee-uh Meaning of Dulcinea: "sweetness" Origin of Dulcinea: Spanish

Dulcinea Origin and Meaning

The name Dulcinea is a girl's name meaning "sweetness".

Miguel de Cervantes invented this elaborate-sounding name -- which roughly translates as "sweetness" -- for the beautiful maiden Don Quixote is obsessed with in his great novel. Even in the fictional world of the book, though, Dulcinea is not the woman's real name; Aldonza is. And because she never appears in person in the text, it's unclear whether she is as beautiful and saintly as the protagonist believes her to be. Probably not, given Don Quixote's track record.

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snowsbeloved Says:


I went through a phase in middle school where I was in love with this name. I was swooning over the triplet name set: Dulcinea, Dejanira, and Briseida. Dulcie, Deja, and Breezy. The only name I still like is Briseida and for middle name only.

So fascinating to see how one’s tastes change. All the more important to THINK THINGS THROUGH before naming an actual human 😊

ChipmunkGirl Says:


I know a baby girl with this name!

Theodora'sMommy Says:


I love this name, but unfortunately nobody seems to be able to agree on how it’s pronounced. For the record, I say “dul-sin-AY-ah”, but all the pronunciations I’ve heard are pretty.

stellarvra99 Says:


In Spanish it's pronounced that way :)

Saracita00 Says:


The pronunciation is more like dool-see-NAY-ah. Check out Forvo dot com to hear it spoken. On YouTube, you can hear it pronounced in the song (titled this name) from the musical version of Don Quixote, "The Man of LaMancha."

Saracita00 Says:


This is pronounced dulcie-NAY-ah:

Starelli Says:


In Italian, would this be 'Dul-chee-nay?'

SimoneKadele Says:


I really like this name. It has great nickname options like Dulcie, Cinna, and (possibly) Linnéa. But that one's kind of a stretch... :)

Sorceress Says:


Love this name, though prefer Dulcie