Where did the baby name Dulcey come from?

dulcey, baby name, 1960s, television
Dulcey Coopersmith

The baby name Dulcey first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1967 and saw peak usage the very next year:

  • 1971: 9 baby girls named Dulcey
  • 1970: 12 baby girls named Dulcey
  • 1969: 14 baby girls named Dulcey
  • 1968: 57 baby girls named Dulcey [peak]
  • 1967: 5 baby girls named Dulcey [debut]
  • 1966: unlisted
  • 1965: unlisted

(The spelling Dulcie also saw peak usage in 1968.)

What was the influence here?

A character from the short-lived TV western Cimarron Strip, which aired from September of 1967 to March of 1968.

The series was set in the late 1880s in Cimarron Territory (now the Oklahoma Panhandle), and the protagonist was a U.S. Marshal trying to bring law and order to the region. He often stayed at The Wayfarer’s Inn, which was owned and operated by a young woman from England named Dulcey Coopersmith (played by Jill Townsend).

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Source: Cimarron Strip – Wikipedia, Cimarron Strip – Western Clippings

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