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I don't think this is a very attractive name. I can't imagine naming a poor baby Dexter!
― Anonymous User  6/28/2005
There's a town in Maine called Dexter.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
My name is Dexter and I think it's was the first great thing my mother ever did for me, other than giving birth. Through school people would be interested in me just because of my name and it made it easy to make friends, especially since I moved to a new school in high school. Even in college it's a great conversation starter, just because you don't run into it very often.
dexterh  12/14/2005
I fondly remember Cary Grant as C.K. Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2005
Diane Keaton's daughters name is Dexter Dean.
Jeana Bradbury  1/22/2006
The name Dexter is of ancient Greek origin. It derives from the Greek word "dexiteros", a poetic form of the word "dexios", meaning right-handed, fortunate, skilled. The Latin word "dexter" derives from the Greek "dexiteros". ("A Greek-English Lexicon", Liddell and Scott, "Lexicon of the ancient Greek Language", I. Stamatakos, "Lexicon of the Latin Language", S. Koumanoudes)

The name Dexter has been inscribed on a tombstone of the 2nd century BCE found in Corfu, Greece, together with another Greek name: ARETABION HAIRE, DEXTER HAIRE. ("Names and People of Ancient Corfu", by the archaeologist Katerina Kanta-Kitsou, ISBN 960-87179-0-6)
Kassios  2/19/2006
Dexter Holland, born Bryan Keith Holland, is the lead singer for The Offspring.
WeloveyouJesseLacey  2/22/2006
"Dee Dee! Get out of mah Lah-bora-toree!" Dexter's Lab, awesome show.
patchworkgirl  3/10/2006
Dexter is a breed of Irish cattle. I also find the name very ugly and would never give it to a child.
aussiechic04  12/10/2006
The protagonist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald short story, "Winter Dreams," is named Dexter.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2007
I think this name is cute and very cool.
Jasmine  4/5/2007
This has always been one of my favorite names. When I was a baby, I had a stuffed dolphin from a dolphinarium that was bigger than me, and I named it Dexter the Dolphin. I don't even know where I got that name at such a young age, I don't remember hearing it at all before I named my stuffed animal that.
KennaIsADroid  5/19/2007
My male cousin's name is Dexter, and he usually cuts it short to Dex to keep it informal. I love it and he's always found that the general public does too.
FrDncr22DMB  6/6/2007
Dexter is an awesome name. My friend had a cat named Dexter so I started liking this name at a very young age. It sounds really cool when you say it and I think it works well on a person at any age. It also works well on a pet.
maggie_angel  7/4/2007
This is a brilliant name. It looks like a very intelligent and cool name. I love it.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2007
I absolutely adore this name. It definitely is an attention grabber. Dex is a cool nickname too. : )
faeriegeek  10/25/2007
A famous bearer is the title character, Dexter Morgan, from the Showtime series "Dexter", which is based on a series of books by author Jeff Lindsay. The character is a somewhat "moral" serial killer, but a sympathetic one. Dexter used to seem somewhat nerdy to me, but now I automatically think of Dexter Morgan (who's played by Michael C. Hall).
Isla  12/3/2007
I see someone else mentioned the character Dexter from the show on Showtime. It's kind of interesting how the name means "skilled." Dexter on the show is a very "skilled" serial killer. I think the author chose this name for a symbolic purpose.
Coffeebean  12/20/2007
As Dexter means "one who dyes", the choice of the name for fictional killer Dexter Morgan seems ironic.
keepitreal  1/22/2011
This rather boyish name makes me think about annoying frat boys and middle-aged men who look and act like overaged, annoying frat boys.
slight night shiver  4/21/2008
I think that this is a cool name. I wouldn't use it as a first name for a human but maybe a middle name or a name for a dog.
number1212  6/6/2008
The Jazz musician - Dexter Gordon.
mamabear  7/12/2008
Hey, wasn't this the name of that cartoon? The one with the midget nerd and his imbecile sister?
GunsnRoses8794  11/26/2008
In the past, this name never really stuck out to me. But after I started watching the tv show 'Dexter' and hearing it all the time, this name has really grown on me! I think it's cute for a little boy, and cool at the same time. I also really like using "Dex" as a nickname!
KillYourEgo  1/2/2009
I think it's a GREAT name, may sound nerdy, but that's what makes it good! Especially after Dexter's lab!
coolcatevan9  11/3/2009
Dexter Holland, the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the popular 90's punk-rock band The Offspring, is a famous bearer.
zeal138  6/29/2010
I think Dexter is an adorable name. Everyone I know hates it, though. Too bad. It's a thousand times better than all these trendy, fluffy names young parents are using today.
MorbidHarlequin  7/2/2010
I actually really like this name! Not many people have it.
Chrila96  8/4/2010
Dexter was the name of a "host" on Australian dating show "Perfect Match" (1984-1989).

Dexter was a "robot" that supposedly mathematically calculated the compatibility of the couple. He was voiced by Keith Scott.
keepitreal  1/22/2011
I think I'd rather name a pet Dexter than a child, but either way, it's a cool name!
mrose19  4/11/2011
Hopelessly geeky. I will always associate this name with Dexter's Laboratory.
bananarama  4/13/2011
I cannot help but adore this name-- no matter how loudly geeky it may appear in certain instances and associations (... look who's talking: the Trek fan). It is a straight forward, no nonsense name that possesses incredibly boyish demeanor yet holds a candlelight that will grow as the bearer matures and enters the professional world.

"Dexter" reminds me of the reason I joined BehindTheName... to discover (or rediscover) horribly ignored treasures.
Francesca  5/29/2011
Dexter Pittman is an American basketball player.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2011
Dexter Jackson, Dexter McCluster, and Dexter Davis are all American football players.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2012
Dexter Scott King is the second son of Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King.
bibi66  2/20/2013
Dexter is the name of the grey hamster with glasses in the anime Hamtaro.
Lolth  7/22/2013
Dexter Reilly, the main character of the old Disney movie The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes. - very nerdy sounding name, but that's exactly why I love it. :)
Broadway Baby  12/10/2013
I wanted my son to have a name that was not overused, more original, and yet went well with his English last name. My other criteria was that it could sound formal as an adult or if abbreviated sounded casual so I named him Dexter. The name suits him perfectly. By the time he was in 7th grade he took his first SAT test (thanks to previous high test scores) and based on his scores was allowed to go to college for math. He received perfect SAT scores on his physics and math placement test for college. So maybe with the name came high expectations... He is now a college graduate, engaged, and working as an Engineer.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2014
I love this name as I love the character Dexter off Dexter's Laboratory. :)
― Anonymous User  9/7/2014
American Actor, Dexter Darden known for portraying the character of "Frypan" from The Maze Runner series.
― Anonymous User  1/18/2016
This name really marks on me... name that I always think of.
eena  11/2/2016
The name Dexter was at 200th place in Scotland in 2015, in 2014 it did not chart the top 200s, 167th place in 2013, 160th place in 2012 and 175th place in 2011. (source:
cutenose  2/16/2017
It is also meant δεξιός (dexios) in Greek.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  2/19/2017

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