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What does Dakota mean?

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.


Variations

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

For more on this name, see also related boy names Montana and Takoda.

Dakota has 1 feminine form: Cree.


Popularity

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)

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

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

Montana, Dakotah and Dakoda are the popular varying forms of Dakota (#360 in 2014). Usage of these boy names reached its highest in the year 1995 (usage of 0.3758%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.16%, down 57.4%), with the versions Dakotah and Montana becoming less in vogue. Dakota (#360) is the most fashionable boy name in this compilation. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Dakota and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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.

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