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What does Dakota mean?

Dakota Pronunciation of Dakota [dako-ta] as a boys' name 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.

1 feminine form: Cree.

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

(female) Dakodi, Dakona, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dakota Oakley (D.O.), ..

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)

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 #357 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Takoda, Montana, Dakotah, Dakoda and Dekota are the popular varying forms of Dakota (#357 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%).

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.

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