Girl name origins & meanings
- Native American : Friend, ally
What Does Dakota Mean and Stand For?
The name Dakota means "friend" and is of Sioux, Native American origin. It is a popular name for babies of any gender.
Boy name origins & meanings
- Native American : Friend
Famous people who gave their babies this name
What Does the Name Dakota Mean?
Dakota is a gender-neutral name of Native American origin, meaning "friend." Dakota comes from the Sioux tribe, who lived in the northern Great Plains in the land that is now the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Dakota was a popular boys' name in the late 20th century, but it has since become an even more popular girls' name.
How Popular is the Name Dakota?
Dakota is the #270 most popular girls' and #344 most popular boys' name in the U.S., according to 2021 Social Security Administration data. However, it ranks #4 on FamilyEducation.com.
According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Dakota was at its peak popularity in June 2020.
Popularity of the Name Dakota in the United States
Dakota was searched for most often in the following states:
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
Famous People Named Dakota and Dakota in Pop Culture
Famous Dakota's include actresses Dakota Johnson and Dakota Fanning, actor Dakota Goyo, and country music singer Dakota Bradley.
The name Dakota features in the TV shows The X Files and Sonny with a Chance.
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