What does Dakota mean?
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".
Related girl name: Cree.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)
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.
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