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".
Related girl name: Cree.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)
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)
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%).
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.