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Origin: Latin
Meaning: Dexterous

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Dexter

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Dexter in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Dexter:

  • Records indicate that 28,944 boys in the United States have been named Dexter since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 834 people in the U.S. were given the name Dexter. Those people are now 8 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Dexter

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      6 Positive Comments

  • "Dexter is a awesome name. My little boys name is Dexter." Apr. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a wonderful name. I love the series on Showtime! If my baby is a boy that's what i'm naming him." Jan. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name. But Dexters Laboratory is nothing compared to the HBO show ("Dexter") about a serial killer of serial killers. It's a good show but doesn't help the name Dexter much." Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dexter is a cool name. Anyname with an 'X' in it seems so cool! Dexter's Labratory is a cartoon on the cartoon network. It won't last for a nickname and only then for a few people who watch it. Brian Keith of the punk bank "The Offspring" changed his name to Dexter Holland. I guess he felt it sounded cool, cool enough for a punk band leader, even. Dexter was valedictorian of his school, received a masters in molecular biology and was a candidate for his Ph.D, but declined to continue pursuit of his highly successful punk band. He is not only a pilot, but has earned his Instrument Flight Instructor rating (CFII), making him really cool and has his own Beechcraft Bonanza. I imagine how complex and diverse all individuals who are named Dexter are, with all of their interesting lives and hidden talents, waiting to be shared with the rest of us. What a cool name and if it is yours, well I sure say you are too, then." Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in Georgia in 1959 and my name is Dexter. During my childhood there was one other boy in town with this name. It remains a rare choice for parents. Now, my name sake is used more often but, rarly pronounced correctly. I find that people pronounce it as Dextra or Dexters. My 14 year old daughter calls me Dexter's Laboratory or Poindexter. Funny huh? Oh, I find that most Dexter are not nerds most seem to have lots of cofidence in themselves and rather outspoken. Seems every major professional sport has at least one Dexter." Apr. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Dexter because it was and still is a rare name so there won't be three of them in his school classes. Also, one tends to assume that a "Dexter" would be a nerdy brainiac but our guy is very athletic, popular, and not at all nerdy, although he is extremely intelligent. The only thing with his name is that some like to call him "Dexter's laboratory."" May. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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