Dexter

First Name
32k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Dexter

"Dexter" is a name of English origin, and it means "Dyer of Clothes". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Dex"ter
Senses
  1. Pertaining to, or situated on, the right hand; right, as opposed to sinister, or left."On sounding wings a dexter eagle flew." [Pope.]
  2. [Her] On the right-hand side of a shield, i. e., towards the right hand of its wearer. To a spectator in front, as in a pictorial representation, this would be the left side.

Etymology: L.,; akin to Gr. �, �, Skr. dakshiṇacf. daksh to be strong, suit); Goth. taihswa, OHG. zeso. Cf. Dexterous

noun Dex"ter
One of a breed of small hardy cattle originating from the Kerry breed of Ireland, valuable both for beef and milk. They are usually chiefly black, sometimes red, and somewhat resemble a small shorthorn in build. Called also Dexter Kerry .

Etymology: Prob. so named after the original breeder

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. On or starting from the wearer's right
Wiktionary
  1. An occupational surname​ for a female dyer.
  2. Any of a number of places in the U.S.A. and Canada, named for persons with the surname.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. One of a breed of small hardy cattle originating from the Kerry breed of Ireland, valuable for beef and milk. They are usually chiefly black, sometimes red, and somewhat resemble a small shorthorn in build.

Dexter was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Dexter

Dexter Holland is a punk rock, skate punk, pop punk, ska punk, and alternative rock musician. He plays Ibanez RG and Gibson SG Junior. He has had major accomplishments since 1984. Dexter was given the name Bryan Keith Holland on December 29th, 1965.

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Dexter Jackson is a bodybuilder. Dexter was born on November 25th, 1969.

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Dexter Morgan is a bloodstain pattern analysis, vigilante, and lumberjack. Dexter is also known as Patrick Bateman, Kyle Butler, Arthur Curry, Dave Cutler, Dan, Sean Ellis, Steve Gaskell, Darrel Tucker, Kyle Butler (season 4), Dan (season 6), and Darrel Tucker (season 5).

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Dexter Fletcher is an actor, writer, and director. He was most active from 1976 to present. Dexter was born on January 31st, 1966 in Enfield, London, England.

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Dexter Gordon was a jazz, swing music, bebop, and hard bop musician. He was most prominent from 1940 to 1986. Dexter was born on February 27th, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Dexter is also known as Long Tall Dexter and Dexter Gordon. He breathed his last breath on April 25th, 1990.

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Dexter Fowler is an athlete for the Chicago Cubs. Dexter was born on March 22nd, 1986 in Atlanta.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dexter

Katharine Dexter McCormick was an important individual. Katharine was given the name Katherine Dexter on August 27th, 1875 in Dexter, Michigan. She breathed her last breath on December 28th, 1967.

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Timothy Treadwell was a famed individual. Timothy was given the name Timothy Dexter on April 29th, 1957 in Long Island, New York, U.S. He died on October 5th, 2003.

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Brad Dexter was an actor. He was most active from 1944 to 1944. Brad was given the name Boris Michel Soso on April 9th, 1917 in Goldfield, Nevada, U.S. Brad is also known as Barry Mitchell. He passed away on December 12th, 2002.

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Colin Dexter is a crime fiction writer. Colin was born on September 29th, 1930 in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

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Timothy Dexter was a businessman. Timothy was born on January 22nd, 1748. He left this life in 1922.

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Bernie Dexter is a famed human. Bernie was given the name Bernadette Belle Souza in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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How popular is the baby name Dexter in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1881 10 0 10
1882 11 0 11
1883 6 0 6
1884 11 0 11
1885 5 0 5
1887 9 0 9
1888 10 0 10
1889 7 0 7
1890 7 0 7
1891 8 0 8
1892 6 0 6
1893 12 0 12
1894 8 0 8
1895 8 0 8
1896 5 0 5
1897 6 0 6
1898 5 0 5
1901 9 0 9
1902 9 0 9
1903 6 0 6
1905 17 5 12
1906 11 0 11
1907 22 6 16
1908 9 0 9
1909 15 0 15
1910 12 0 12
1911 16 0 16
1912 29 0 29
1913 43 0 43
1914 43 0 43
1915 70 0 70
1916 74 5 69
1917 73 7 66
1918 82 6 76
1919 87 0 87
1920 97 9 88
1921 90 10 80
1922 114 11 103
1923 100 16 84
1924 65 14 51
1925 98 7 91
1926 96 0 96
1927 79 0 79
1928 92 0 92
1929 92 0 92
1930 89 0 89
1931 67 0 67
1932 90 0 90
1933 73 0 73
1934 76 0 76
1935 74 0 74
1936 67 0 67
1937 86 0 86
1938 101 0 101
1939 97 0 97
1940 109 0 109
1941 161 0 161
1942 140 0 140
1943 160 0 160
1944 143 0 143
1945 146 6 140
1946 154 0 154
1947 153 0 153
1948 152 0 152
1949 145 0 145
1950 193 0 193
1951 239 0 239
1952 269 0 269
1953 296 5 291
1954 326 0 326
1955 413 0 413
1956 399 0 399
1957 494 7 487
1958 470 5 465
1959 409 6 403
1960 434 0 434
1961 426 5 421
1962 453 0 453
1963 431 6 425
1964 428 0 428
1965 508 0 508
1966 438 8 430
1967 436 0 436
1968 769 8 761
1969 616 10 606
1970 703 6 697
1971 553 5 548
1972 489 5 484
1973 391 0 391
1974 367 0 367
1975 299 0 299
1976 281 5 276
1977 283 5 278
1978 279 0 279
1979 253 0 253
1980 270 6 264
1981 256 0 256
1982 226 5 221
1983 220 0 220
1984 336 0 336
1985 415 6 409
1986 594 7 587
1987 665 0 665
1988 648 5 643
1989 688 0 688
1990 612 0 612
1991 553 0 553
1992 451 0 451
1993 447 0 447
1994 356 0 356
1995 336 0 336
1996 307 0 307
1997 292 0 292
1998 296 0 296
1999 211 0 211
2000 223 0 223
2001 229 0 229
2002 205 0 205
2003 201 0 201
2004 226 0 226
2005 210 0 210
2006 209 0 209
2007 257 0 257
2008 328 0 328
2009 484 0 484
2010 591 0 591
2011 752 0 752
2012 841 0 841
2013 783 0 783
2014 786 0 786
2015 755 0 755
2016 695 0 695

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Popularity of Dexter as a first name

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Popularity of Dexter as a last name

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Common last names for Dexter

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  • Brown
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  • Jones
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  • Lewis
  • Thomas
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Rogers

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dexter U.S.
  White 83.87% 64.26%
  African American 10.82% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.89% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dexter

People with the last name Dexter are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Dexter

  • How Popular is the name Dexter? Dexter is the 1,305th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dexter was the 3,535th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dexter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,272 babies born with the first name Dexter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dexter to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dexter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Dexter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dexter is Friday, June 14th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Dexter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dexter was in 2012 with a total of 841 babies.
  • Random Dexter Factoid: According to the 1987 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dexter ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 34 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1987.
  • Weird things about the name Dexter: Your name in reverse order is Retxed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Xderet. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dexter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,099 people with the last name Dexter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dexter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Dexter as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.