Meaning and Name Origin
Dakota \d(a)-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".
For more information, see also the related girl name Cree.
Dakota is a somewhat popular first name for women (#4077 out of 4276, Top 95%) but a unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Dakota for girls. Dakota entered the list in 1990 and reached its peak position of #190 in the U.S. in the year 2006, and is presently at #285. (2014 Birth Statistics)