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Boy Name: Dexter

Name: Dexter
Pronunciation: \dex-ter\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Meaning: right-handed, fortunate; one who dyes
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Dyer
Sounds Like: Daxton, Thaxter
Variant forms: Dex, Dexton, Dexy
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 466
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 3025


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.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Dexter.


Dexter is a very popular first name for men (#466 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#3025 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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