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pinWhat does Dexter mean?

Dexter /dex-ter/ [2 sylls.] 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.


Dexter has 3 variants: Dex, Dexton and Dexy.

Related boy name: Dyer.

Dexter has 1 feminine form: Dextra.

Kreatif forms: Dexdar, Dexdrew, Dexker. [more]

pinHow 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)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Dexter for boys. Dexter reached its top rank of #349 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is currently at #394. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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