Meaning and name origin
Dakota \d(a)-ko-ta\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Dakota: Cree.
Dakota is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dakota for boys. Dakota reached its highest rank of #56 in the U.S. in 1995. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Dakota and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dakota (#360), Montana, Dakotah and Dakoda. (2014 statistics).