The name Dextere is Anglo-Saxon
in origin. It was a name given to a dyer or a maker of dyes.
Early Origins of the Dextere family
The surname Dextere 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 Dextere family
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Dextere Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dextere include Dexter, Dextere, Dyster, Dyer, Deckster, Deckstere, Dextar, Dextare, Dystar and many more.
Early Notables of the Dextere family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dextere family to Ireland
Some of the Dextere family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Dextere family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dextere were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..