The ancient name of Dextar finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a dyer or a maker of dyes.
Early Origins of the Dextar family
The surname Dextar was first found in Leicestershire
where they held a family seat
from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Dexter comes originally from the Saxon word "dighester" meaning "dyer."
Early History of the Dextar family
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Dextar Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dextar family name include Dexter, Dextere, Dyster, Dyer, Deckster, Deckstere, Dextar, Dextare, Dystar and many more.
Early Notables of the Dextar family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dextar family to Ireland
Some of the Dextar family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dextar family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dextar surname or a spelling variation of the name include : Francis Dexter, a youth of 13; who came on the ship the "Planter" in 1635. Even earlier, one Thomas Dexter immigrated to Lynn Massachusetts in 1630. The Dexters eventually made their homes in Virginia, Georgia, and as far west as San Francisco..