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Gender: Male Meaning of Dex: "dyer; right-handed" Origin of Dex: Diminutive of Dexter

The name Dex is a boy's name meaning "dyer; right-handed". Dex and is often added to lists like Nicknames for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Switcher Machine".

From the experts:

Dex, the nickname for Dexter that is sometimes used on its own, has lots of energy and dynamism. It was chosen by comedian Dana Carvey for his now grown son. With the growing popularity of Dexter, we may be seeing more of Dex.

There are no less than three video game characters named Dex, and the leading male figure in the movie One Day is known by his nickname Dex. Way back in TV's Dynasty era, there was a character redundantly named Dex Dexter.

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Famous People Named Dex

Dexter "Dex" Manley, American actor
Dex Elmont, Dutch judoka
Declyn Wallace "Dex" Thornton Lauper (b. 1997), son of singer Cyndi Lauper and actor David Thornton
Dex Kramer (b. 2016), son of Dutch footballer Michiel Kramer

Pop Culture References for the name Dex

Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter, character on TV's "Dynasty"
Dexter "Dex" Thaler III, character in book/film "Something Borrowed"
Dexter "Dex" Jettster, character in the Star Wars series
Dexter "Dex" Mayhew, character in book/film "One Day"
Dex, character in the film "The Tao of Steve"
Dex Walker, character on Australian soap Home and Away
Dex Barrington, character in Disney's "The Country Bears"
Ronon Dex, character on TV's Stargate Atlantis
Dex, former name of CenturyLink phonebook
William "Dex" Poindexter, character in the webcomic "Check, Please!"
Dex Oyama, character in the "Mega Man Battle Network" series of video games
Dex Dogtective, character in the movie "Foodfight!"
Dexter "Dex" Dizznee, character in Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger


CookieCrumbs Says:


Not gonna lie, makes me think of dexing. "Recreational use of dextromethorphan."

kittylover777 Says:


I like this as a nickname for Dexter. A possible mn with Dexter could be Kay? I feel like Dexter Kay sounds nice and also the two names have completely different styles which levels it out a little bit.