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Dakota (girl)

What does Dakota mean?

Dakota Pronunciation of Dakota [dako-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.

2 masculine forms: Montana and Takoda.

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

(male) Dakode, Dakoid, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dakota Anabelle (D.A.), ..

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)

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 #242. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Cree and Dakotah are the prominent varying forms of Dakota (#242 from recent data). These relations of Dakota were favored by parents a decade ago (average #1396) and are almost as common today (#1414, down 22%). Dakota is the most contemporarily stylish girl name in this list.

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.

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