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Dexter meaning and name origin
Dexter \dex-ter\ as a boy's name is pronounced DEKS-ter. It is of Latin and Old English origin, and the meaning of Dexter is "right-handed, fortunate; one 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 "deag estre". Football player Dexter Carter.
Dexter has 3 variant forms: Dex, Dexton and Dexy.
For more information, see also the related name Dyer.
Baby names that sound like Dexter are Daxton and Thaxter.
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Popularity of Dexter
Dexter is a very popular first name for men (#466 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3025 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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