Meaning and Name Origin
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 dêag "dye" and estre, a feminine ending. Football player Dexter Carter.
For more information, see also the related boy name Dyer.
Dexter has 1 feminine form: Dextra.
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 (#3025 out of 88799, Top 3%). (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. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #394. (2014 Birth Statistics)