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Boy Names Ending with -ter

Ter ending baby names and what they mean, with 56 results. -ter names are used more often as masculine names. These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in the 1890s (ADOPTION OF 2.8%) and have become significantly less widespread since (ADOPTION 1.1%, DOWN 59%), with names like Chester becoming less in vogue. Carter (#24), Dexter (#476) and Porter (#417) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this compilation, while Reiter (TOP 2%) and Reuter (3%) are familiar -ter surnames.

-ter names

Alaster - Dexter | Dieter - Porter | Potter - Wister

Alaster - Dexter

Alastair and variants

Alyster, Allyster, Allister1, Allaster1, Alister1, Alester, Alaister, Aleister1, Alaster1
Var. of Alastair. Origin fr. Scottish, Greek elements. "Man's defender." Alisher is also a slightly prominent kid's name.

Allister2, Alister2, Alaster2
Forms of Alexander. Based on Greek word. "Man's defender, warrior." Popular. Compare Alaster, Alister, Allister (88%) with common -ter surnames Auter (TOP 64%), Armbrister (28%).

Allister3, Alister3, Aleister2
Var. of Alistair. Based on Greek element. "Man's defender." Aleister, Alister and Allister are barely found as men's names, and Allister occurs regularly (TOP 88%) as a surname.

Derived fr. Scottish, Greek elements. "Man's defender." Allaster is seldom used as a boys' name. See also Allaistar.

Origin fr. Yiddish. "Old." Outside Top 2000. See also Alger.

Atwater, var. Attwater
Based on Old English element. "At the water." Atwaer and Atwager are creative variations.


Source fr. Old English word. "Baker." A somewhat quaint baby name, Baxter is found more often as a surname. See also Buster.

Based on Middle English word. "Brewer." Brewster is a rarely used given name, registering often (TOP 1%) as a surname.

Origin fr. Old English language. "Monastery where deer dwell." Not widespread. Buckminister is not found in the US Demographics.


Origin fr. English element. .. Nickname made famous by silent film .. Moderately novel as a baby name, Buster is used more conventionally as a surname.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -ter names: Alister, Baxter, Buster, Carter, Chester

Top 2000 baby names ranking of -ter names: Colter, Dexter

Root fr. Latin. "Carriage maker." Carpenter is rarely used as a birth name.


Derivative of Old English. "One who transports goods." Popularly used, with usage of 0.517% for Carter as a boys' name in 2018, but lower than 0.531% the year before. See also Carver.

Form of Castor. Root fr. Greek. "Beaver." Caster was not a Top birth name in 2018. See also Carter.


Stems fr. Old English, Latin. "Camp of soldiers." Adoption of Chester as a children's name in 2018 was up 15.9% compared to 2008. See also Coster.

Krister, Christer
Var. of Christian. Derivative of Latin word. "Follower of Christ." Christer and Krister are uncommon as birth names.

Colt and variants

Coulter, Colter1
Forms of Colt. Derived fr. Old English word. "Young horse; frisky." Colter was among 2018's Top names.

Origin fr. Old English language. "Colt-herd." Colter rose in popularity 4 years ago and has remained popular. See also Colier.

Derivative of Old English. "Peddler." Not in popularity charts. See also Castor.

From Old English. "One who judges." Not Top 2000 name.


Origin fr. Latin, Old English. "Right-handed, fortunate; woman who dyes." Adoption of Dexter as a children's name in 2018 was a lot more than 10 years ago.

Quick Reference

Summary Index of names [and variants] for -ter names for boys.

1. Alaster - Dexter
Alastair [Alyster, Alister, Alester, Allyster, Allister, Allaster, ..], Alexander [Alaster, Alister, Allister], Alistair [Alister, Allister, Aleister], Allaster, Alter, Atwater [Attwater], Baxter, Brewster, Buckminister, Buster, Carpenter, Carter, Castor [Caster], Chester, Christian [Krister, Christer], Colt [Colter, Coulter], Colter, Coster, Dempster, Dexter

Theodoric [Dieter], Dedrick [Dieter], Dieter, Fester [Vester], Forest [Foster, Forster, Forester, Forrester], Foster, Gunnar [Gunter, Guenter], Hollis [Hollister], Hunter, Jupiter [Juppiter], Christopher [Kester], Kester, Lancaster [Lankester, Lancester, Lanchester], Lester [Leicester], Macallister [Mcalister, Mcallister, Macalister], Manchester, Minster, Nestor [Nester], Peter [Pieter], Porter

Potter, Proctor [Procter, Prockter], Ritter, Rochester [Chester], Ross [Rossiter], Silvester [Sylvester], Slater, Sylvester [Silvester], Thatcher [Thaxter], Todhunter, Vester [Fester], Walter [Valter], Webb [Webster], Webster [Webbster], Winter, Wistar [Wister]

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