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Dexter

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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 295 5 290
1954 327 0 327
1955 413 0 413
1956 399 0 399
1957 494 7 487
1958 469 5 464
1959 409 6 403
1960 434 0 434
1961 426 5 421
1962 452 0 452
1963 432 6 426
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 282 5 277
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 782 0 782
2014 786 0 786
2015 753 0 753

Fun Facts about the name Dexter

  • How many people with the first name Dexter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 31,574 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 1973 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dexter ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 42 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1973.
  • 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 Deretx. 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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Popularity of Dexter as a last name

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  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Robinson
  • 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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Dexter" mean? The list below shows the origins of Dexter as well as things modernly associated with the name Dexter such as celebrities named Dexter.

English

Origin and Meaning of Dexter

The name "Dexter" is 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
  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

Dexter Jackson

Dexter was born in 1977.

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Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher is an actor, writer, and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1976 to present. Dexter was born in 1966 in Enfield, London, England.

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Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon is a musician, composer, bandleader, and actor specializing in jazz, swing, bebop, and hard bop music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1940 to 1986. Dexter was born in 1923 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Dexter Coakley

Dexter Coakley is a NFL player. Dexter was born in 1972 in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Dexter

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dexter

Timothy Treadwell

Timothy was born in 1957 as Timothy Dexter in Long Island, New York, U.S.

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Brad Dexter

Brad Dexter is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1944 to 1988. Brad was born in 1917 as Veljko Soso in Goldfield, Nevada, U.S.

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What does the name Dexter mean?

Dis for discreet, you can keep a secret.

Eis for excellence, your passion, your drive.

Xis for Xanadu, your place of paradise.

Tis for talent, hidden or not.

Eis for endear, all those you touch.

Ris for romantic, hopelessly so

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