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".
For more information, see also the related girl name Cree.
Dakota is a somewhat popular first name for females (#4077 out of 4276, Top 95%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dakota for girls. Dakota reached its highest rank of #190 in the U.S. in 2006. (2014 statistics).