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Meaning and Name Origin

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

For more information, see also related boy names Montana and Takoda.

Dakota has 1 feminine form: Cree.


Dakota is an uncommon first name for men. Dakota is also a unique last name for all people. (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dakota name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dakota and corresponding names. Popular varying forms of Dakota (#360 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 are Montana, Dakotah and Dakoda. Usage of these boy names reached its highest in the year 1995 and is now significantly lower, with the versions Montana and Dakotah becoming less in vogue. Dakota (#360) is the most fashionable boy name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dakoda, Dakota, Dakotah, Montana in U.S.

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