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What does Dakota mean?

Dakota /da-ko-ta/ as a boys' name (also used more widely as girls' 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 place name. May also possibly mean "forever smiling". Furniture designer Dakota Jackson.

Associated with: friend.


Dakota has 8 variants: Daccota, Dakoda, Dakodah, Dakoeta, Dakotah, Dekohta, Dekota and Dekowta.

Related boy names: Montana and Takoda.

Dakota has 1 feminine form: Cree.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Dakode, Dakoid, ..

(female) Dakodi, Dakona, ..

How popular is Dakota?

Dakota is an uncommon first name for men but a somewhat popular last name 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.

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Dakota for boys. Dakota was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its highest rank of #56 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is at #360 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Takoda, Montana, Dakotah, Dakoda and Dekota are the popular varying forms of Dakota (#360 in recent rankings). Usage of these forms of Dakota reached its highest in the year 1995 (median #1039) and is now significantly lower (#1726, 87.8%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dakota, Dakoda, Dakotah, Dekota, Montana, Takoda in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Dago, Dagon, Dajohn, Dajon, Dalon, Damon, Damone, Damont, Damonte, Dana, Danko, Danon, Dantae, Dantay, Dante, Danya, Darko, Darold, Daron, Dart, Daunte, Davon, Davonn, Daytan, Diot, Drakon, Makoto, Mata, Nata and Nikita. These names tend to be more frequently used than Dakota.