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Dakota meaning and name origin
Dakota \d(a)-ko-ta\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Dakota), is pronounced da-KOH-tah. It is of Native American Indian origin, and the meaning of Dakota is "friend, ally". Tribal name and American place name: the word may also possibly mean "forever smiling".
Dakota has 2 variant forms: Dakoda and Dakotah.
For more information, see also the related name Cree.
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Popularity of Dakota
Dakota is a somewhat popular first name for women (#4077 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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