Surnames Dolce, Dolci, Lo Dòlce, Dolcétti, Dolcetta, Dolcet, Dolcetto and more
Dolce, Dolci, Lo Dòlce, Dolcétti, Dolcetta, Dolcet, Dolcetto, Dolciotti, Dolcini, Dolcino, Dolciòtti, Dolciani, Dolcimascolo, Dolcemascolo, Dolcemaschio, Lo Dolce.
According to Alinei & Benozzo, these surnames derive from the Latin name Dulcius and Dulcissimus (feminine Dulcia and Dolcia), an augural name given to a newborn who is desired, who is good and affectionate or whose arrival in the world pleases parents.
The origin of these surnames is found in the medieval name Dolce, which in archaic onomastics assumes a value of affection towards the son. From a historical point of view, traces of this name can already be found in Siena in the 13th century, with a certain Dolcetto procurator and Bishop of Siena. In conclusion, therefore, it is the transformation of the father’s name into a surname, although it is not excluded that it is a derivation of a nickname given to the father due to his personality characteristics.