The name Dextare is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a dyer or a maker of dyes.
Early Origins of the Dextare family
The surname Dextare 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 Dextare family
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Dextare Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Dextare are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dextare include Dexter, Dextere, Dyster, Dyer, Deckster, Deckstere, Dextar, Dextare, Dystar and many more.
Early Notables of the Dextare family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dextare family to Ireland
Some of the Dextare family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dextare family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dextare or a variant listed above: 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..