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Gender: F Meaning of Dakota: "friendly one" Origin of Dakota: Place-name; Sioux Dakota's Popularity in 2012: #306

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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: About 1,000 of each received the name in 2012.

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Famous People Named Dakota

(Hannah) Dakota Fanning, American actress
Dakota Johnson, American model and actress
Dakota Staton, American jazz singer
Dakota Blue Richards, British actress
Dakota O'Donnell, daughter of Rosie O'Donnell and Michelle Rounds
Dakota Ulissa Culkin, sister of actor Macaulay Culkin

Pop Culture References for the Name Dakota

North Dakota and South Dakota are two of the 50 American states.

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