What does Dakota mean?
Dakota \d(a)-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.
Dakota has 1 feminine form: Cree.
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)
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 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Montana, Dakotah and Dakoda are the popular varying forms of Dakota (#360 in 2014). Usage of these boy names reached its highest in the year 1995 (usage of 0.3758%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.16%, down 57.4%), with the versions Dakotah and Montana becoming less in vogue. Dakota (#360) is the most fashionable boy name in this compilation. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Dakota and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)