Dexter - boys name

Dexter name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 97%

Dexter name meaning:

The name Dexter is of Latin origin and has a variety of meanings. One interpretation is that it comes from the Latin word "dexter," which means "right-handed" or "skilled." This suggests that individuals with this name may possess talents or abilities that set them apart from others. Another possible meaning is derived from the Latin word "dextrus," which means "fortunate" or "lucky." This suggests that those named Dexter may have a tendency to experience good fortune or be blessed with success in various aspects of life.

Additionally, the name Dexter has gained popularity due to its association with the television show "Dexter." The show features a protagonist named Dexter Morgan, who is a forensic blood spatter analyst and also a serial killer. Although the show's portrayal of the character may create some negative connotations, the name Dexter itself has a more positive and favorable meaning. Whether it is seen as symbolizing skill, good fortune, or simply as a name with a contemporary pop culture reference, Dexter remains a popular choice for parents looking for a name with depth and meaning for their baby boy.

Origin: Latin



Surnames, Unisex names

Related names

Dexter , Dex , Dexton

Other boys names beginning with D


Overall UK ranking: 133 out of 4789

427 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (328)

Historical popularity of Dexter

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