What does Dakota mean?
Tribal name and place name. May also possibly mean "forever smiling". Furniture designer Dakota Jackson.
Dakota has 1 feminine form: Cree.Kreatif forms: Dakode, Dalkota. [more]
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)
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 2 years ago). Usage of these forms of Dakota reached its highest in the year 1995 (average #624) and is somewhat lower today (#840, ▼57.4%). Dakota has been the overall favorite, while Dakotah and Montana used to be popular. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Dakota and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)