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Gender: M Meaning of Dexter: "dyer, right-handed" Origin of Dexter: Latin Dexter's Popularity in 2015: #411

The jazzy, ultra-cool Dexter, like most names with an "x," has a lot of energy and sex appeal. Over the years, it's been attached to a number of diverse real and fictional personalities—C. K. Dexter Haven, the witty Cary Grant character in The Philadelphia Story; Dexter Green, the protagonist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story "Winter Dreams"; great jazz tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon; the boy-genius protagonist of cartoon Dexter's Laboratory; and the most recent TV series Dexter based on the books by Jeff Lindsay, whose lead happens to be a genial but sociopathic serial killer.

Dexter was chosen by hip musical couple Diana Krall and Elvis Costello for one of their twin boys, and by singer Charlotte Church.

Dexter has been climbing up the pop ladder, sitting at Number 411 in 2015. It is also in the Top 100 in the UK.

Dex is an equally appealing nickname, now sometimes used on its own.

Famous People Named Dexter

Dexter Jackson, American football player
Dexter Davis, American football player
Dexter McCluster, American football player
Dexter Gordon, American saxophonist
Bryan Kieth "Dexter" Holland (born Bryan Kieth), lead singer of band "The Offspring"
Dexter Mills, American rapper
Dexter Scott King, son of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dexter Lloyd Henson, son of singer Charlotte Church

Pop Culture References for the name Dexter

"Dexter's Laboratory," animated show
C.K. Dexter Haven, The Philadelphia Story & High Society
Dexter Morgan, a serial killer and main character on the TV show "Dexter"
Dexter - main character from David Nicholl's novel "One Day".
Dexter Jones, character and love interest to main character in Sarah Dessen's novel, This Lullaby.
Dexter (short for 'Dexterous') Charming, son of King Charming on TV show "Ever After High".
Dexter "Dex" Alvin Dizznee, character in "Keeper of the Lost Cities" by Shannon Messenger