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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; 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 dêag "dye" and estre, a feminine ending. Football player Dexter Carter.
For more information, see also the related boy name Dyer.
There is 1 feminine form of Dexter: Dextra.
Dexter is a very popular first name for males (#466 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3025 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dexter for boys (2015 statistics).
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