"dyer, right-handed"

Dexter Origin and Meaning

The name Dexter is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "dyer, right-handed".

The jazzy, ultra-cool Dexter, like most names with an "x," has a lot of energy and dynamism. 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.

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

# 700 in the US

Dexter Rank in US Top 1000

# 232 on Nameberry

Dexter Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Dexter Popularity

Famous People Named Dexter

  • Dexter Lamar JacksonAmerican NFL football player.
  • Dexter Alexander DavisAmerican NFL football player.
  • Dexter Marquise McClusterAmerican NFL football player.
  • Dexter Anthony CarterAmerican NFL player.
  • Dexter Keith McCleonAmerican NFL player.
  • Dexter John BeanAmerican NASCAR driver
  • Dexter Keith GordonAmerican saxophonist.
  • Bryan Kieth "Dexter" Hollandlead singer of American band The Offspring.
  • Dexter Raymond Mills Jr. American rapper.
  • Dexter VinesAmerican comic book artist and inker.
  • Dexter FletcherBritish actor.
  • Dexter RobertsAmerican country music singer.
  • Dexter Hortonfounder of the first bank in Seattle.
  • Dexter BlackstockEnglish football player.
  • Dexter BrownBritish painter.
  • Dexter CurtisAmerican inventor and politician.
  • Dexter Scott Kingson of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dexter Henry Lorcan Costello (b. 2006)son of singers Elvis Costello and Diana Krall.
  • Dexter Lloyd Henson (b. 2009)son of singer Charlotte Church.

Dexter in Pop Culture

  • "Dexter's Laboratory" animated TV series and its main character.
  • Dexter Morgana serial killer and main character on the TV show "Dexter".
  • C.K. Dexter Havencharacter in film The Philadelphia Story & High Society.
  • Dextermain character from David Nicholl's novel "One Day".
  • Dexter Jonescharacter in Sarah Dessen's novel, This Lullaby.
  • Dexterous "Dexter" Charmingson of King Charming on TV show "Ever After High".
  • Dexter Alvin "Dex" Dizzneecharacter in "Keeper of the Lost Cities" by Shannon Messenger.
  • Dexter Hartmancharacter on British soap "EastEnders".
  • Ramone "Ray" Dexterone half of gunshark duo Sinister Dexter featured in the British comics anthology 2000 AD.
  • Dexternow known as Dex,Starr, a member of the Red Lantern Corps in the DC Comics universe.
  • Dexter "Dex" Barringtona character in The Country Bears.
  • Dexteryoung version of the protagonist in the Space Ace video game.
  • Dexter Douglasthe alter ego of the title character Freakazoid!
  • Dexter Charmingcharacter in "Ever After High".