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Gender: M Meaning of Dexter: "dyer, right-handed" Origin of Dexter: Latin Dexter's Popularity in 2016: #441

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 441 in 2016. 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 Lamar Jackson, American NFL football player
Dexter Alexander Davis, American NFL football player
Dexter Marquise McCluster, American NFL football player
Dexter Anthony Carter, American NFL player
Dexter Keith McCleon, American NFL player
Dexter Gordon, American saxophonist
Bryan Kieth "Dexter" Holland, lead singer of American band The Offspring
Dexter Mills, American rapper
Dexter Scott King, son 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

Pop Culture References for the name Dexter

"Dexter's Laboratory," animated TV series and its main character
Dexter Morgan, a serial killer and main character on the TV show "Dexter"
C.K. Dexter Haven, character in film The Philadelphia Story & High Society
Dexter, main character from David Nicholl's novel "One Day".
Dexter Jones, character in Sarah Dessen's novel, This Lullaby.
Dexterous "Dexter" Charming, son of King Charming on TV show "Ever After High".
Dexter Alvin "Dex" Dizznee, character in "Keeper of the Lost Cities" by Shannon Messenger
Dexter Hartman, character on British soap "EastEnders"