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Dakota (girl)

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What does Dakota mean?

Dakota /da-ko-ta/ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' 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 variants: Dakoda and Dakotah.

Related girl name: Cree.

Dakota has 2 masculine forms: Montana and Takoda.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Dakona, Decta, ..

(male) Dakode, Dakoid, ..

How popular is Dakota?

Dakota is a somewhat popular first name for women (#4077 out of 4276, Top 95%) and also a somewhat popular surname for all people (#82691 out of 150436, Top 55%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Dakota for girls. Dakota entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #190 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is presently at #285. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dakota name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dakota outside U.S.

Cree and Dakotah are the prominent varying forms of Dakota (#285 from recent data). These relations of Dakota were favored by parents a decade ago (average #1396) and are somewhat less common today (#1428, down 36%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dakota, Cree, Dakotah in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dakota and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Agota, Babita, Carita, Carlota, Dacia, Daena, Dafna, Dahlia, Dahnya, Daija, Dalina, Dalit, Dalla, Dalya, Damara, Damita, Dana, Danaca, Dania, Danica, Danika, Danira, Danita, Danitza, Danna, Dannia, Dara, Daria, Daron, Dasha, Datia, Datya, Davita, Davonna, Daya, Dayana, Dayla, Dayna, Daysha, Debora, Denita, Deora, Detta, Dimona, Diona, Dita, Dona, Donata, Donita, Dorita, Dorota, Dorotea, Dorotha, Dot, Dova, Fausta, Hanita, Janeta, Lalita, Lanita, Larita, Lata, Malita, Marita, Markita, Martta, Mata, Nakita, Santa, Sarita, Sarotta, Talita, Vanita, Zanita and Zarita. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dakota.