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Boy Names Ending with -ter

Ter ending baby names and what they mean, with 56 results. -ter names are used more often as masculine names. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in the 1890s (ADOPTION OF 2.8%) and are somewhat less widespread today (ADOPTION 1.3%, DOWN 54%), with names like Chester becoming less in vogue. Carter (#24), Dexter (#411), Hunter (#41) and Porter (#375) are four of the more chic names for newborns in this compilation, while Reiter (TOP 2%) and Vetter (3%) are familiar -ter surnames.

-ter names

Alaster - Dexter | Dieter - Porter | Potter - Wister

Alaster - Dexter

Alexander and variants

Allister1, Alister1, Alaster1
Forms of Alexander. Based on Greek word. "Man's defender, warrior." Popular. Compare Alaster, Alister, Allister (88%) with common -ter surnames Auter (TOP 64%), Armbrister (28%).

Alyster, Allyster, Allister2, Allaster1, Alister2, Alester, Alaister, Aleister1, Alaster2
Var. of Alastair. Origin fr. Scottish, Greek elements. "Man's defender." Alister is commonplace as a birth name among the versions of Alastair.

Allister3, Alister3, Aleister2
Var. of Alistair. Based on Greek element. "Man's defender." Aleister, Alister and Allister are barely found as men's names, and Allister occurs regularly (TOP 88%) as a surname.

Derived fr. Scottish, Greek elements. "Man's defender." Allaster is seldom used as a boys' name. See also Allaistar.

Origin fr. Yiddish. "Old." Outside Top 2000. See also Alger.

Atwater, var. Attwater
Based on Old English element. "At the water." Atwaer and Atwager are creative variations.


Source fr. Old English word. "Baker." Uncommon, with usage of 0.001% for Baxter as a baby name in 2015, lower than 0.004% a year ago. See also Buster.

Based on Middle English word. "Brewer." Brewster is a rarely used given name, registering often (TOP 1%) as a surname.

Origin fr. Old English language. "Monastery where deer dwell." Not widespread. Buckminister is not found in the US Demographics.


Origin fr. English element. .. Nickname made famous by silent film .. Moderately novel as a baby name, Buster is used more conventionally as a surname.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -ter names: Alister, Baxter, Buster, Carter, Chester

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -ter names: Colter, Dexter

Root fr. Latin. "Carriage maker." Carpenter is rarely used as a birth name.


Derivative of Old English. "One who transports goods." Carter became more popular in 2015, rising +3 rankings as a boys' name to reach #24. See also Carver.

Form of Castor. Root fr. Greek. "Beaver." Caster was not a Top birth name in 2015. See also Carter.


Stems fr. Old English, Latin. "Camp of soldiers." Adoption of Chester as a children's name in 2015 was up 10.6% compared to 2005. See also Coster.

Krister, Christer
Var. of Christian. Derivative of Latin word. "Follower of Christ." Christer and Krister are uncommon as birth names.


Origin fr. Old English language. "Colt-herd." Colter rose in popularity 1 year ago and is almost as popular now. See also Colier.

Coulter, Colter2
Forms of Colt. Derived fr. Old English word. "Young horse; frisky." Colter was among 2015's Top names.

Derivative of Old English. "Peddler." Not in popularity charts. See also Castor.

From Old English. "One who judges." Not Top 2000 name.


Origin fr. Latin, Old English. "Right-handed, fortunate; woman who dyes." Adoption of Dexter as a children's name in 2015 was a lot more than 10 years ago.

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for -ter names for boys.

1. Alaster - Dexter
Alexander [Alaster, Alister, Allister], Alastair [Alyster, Alester, Alister, Allister, Allyster, Allaster, ..], Alistair [Alister, Aleister, Allister], Allaster, Alter, Atwater [Attwater], Baxter, Brewster, Buckminister, Buster, Carpenter, Carter, Castor [Caster], Chester, Christian [Krister, Christer], Colter, Colt [Colter, Coulter], Coster, Dempster, Dexter

Dedrick [Dieter], Dieter, Theodoric [Dieter], Fester [Vester], Forest [Foster, Forster, Forester, Forrester], Foster, Gunnar [Gunter, Guenter], Hollis [Hollister], Hunter, Jupiter [Juppiter], Christopher [Kester], Kester, Lancaster [Lankester, Lancester, Lanchester], Lester [Leicester], Macallister [Mcalister, Macalister, Mcallister], Manchester, Minster, Nestor [Nester], Peter [Pieter], Porter

Potter, Proctor [Procter, Prockter], Ritter, Rochester [Chester], Ross [Rossiter], Silvester [Sylvester], Slater, Sylvester [Silvester], Thatcher [Thaxter], Todhunter, Vester [Fester], Walter [Valter], Webster [Webbster], Webb [Webster], Winter, Wistar [Wister]

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