What does Dakota mean?
Dakota [dako-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.
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)
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%).
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.