One of the first trendy nineties western place-names, now sagging a bit in popularity. Young actress Dakota Fanning helped give it a feminine spin; Rosie O'Donnell just chose it for her newborn daughter. Interestingly, Dakota is one of those unisex names used for almost exactly equal numbers of girls and boys: Just over 1000 of each received the name in 2011.
An early and still popular unisex place-name and name of a Native American people in the northern Mississippi valley. While the popularity of Dakota is trending downward for both genders, it's one of those names that is used for almost exactly equal numbers of boys and girls; just over 1000 babies of each sex were named Dakota in 2011.