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What does Dexter mean?

Dexter Pronunciation of Dexter [dex-ter] as a boys' name is pronounced DEKS-ter. It is of Latin and Old English origin, and the meaning of Dexter is "right-handed, fortunate; woman who dyes". Originally from Greek dexi meaning "worship", which was transferred to "using the right hand", hence "dexi hand". In Old English, an occupational name from dag "dye" and estre, a feminine ending. Football player Dexter Carter.

Associated with: old english, fortunate (blessed), greek, old, occupational.


Dexter has 3 variants: Dex, Dexton and Dexy.

Related boy name: Dyer.

1 feminine form: Dextra.

Creative forms:
(male) Dekter, Dexer, ..

(female) Dextria, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dexter Bridger (D.B.), ..

How popular is Dexter?

Dexter is a very popular first name for males (#466 out of 1220, Top 38%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#3390 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Dexter reached its top rank of #355 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #411. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dexter name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dexter outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alester, Baxter, Beamer, Becher, Becker, Berger, Chester, Colter, Dante, Daxton, Dayner, Deane, Decatur, Decker, Deen, Dekel, Deker, Dekker, Dekle, Delbert, Delmer, Delmor (see Delmar), Delton, Demar, Demarr, Denies, Denver, Derrek, Destan, Destrey, Destry, Detlev, Deven, Devlen, Dewey, Dewie, Didier, Dieter, Dizier (see Desiderio), Dover, Dwyer, Ferrer, Fester, Guenter, Heber, Heiner, Helier, Heller, Jerker (see Eric), Keder, Keefer, Keifer, Keller, Kester, Lester, Lexer, Mercer, Meyer, Nester, Peder, Peter, Porter, Regner, Ritter, Seager, Seger, Sender, Teger, Thaxter, Valter, Verner, Vester, Weaver, Weber and Werner. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dexter.

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