Dakota

Place-name; Sioux
"friendly one"

Dakota Origin and Meaning

The name Dakota is a boy's name of Native American origin meaning "friendly one".

An early and still one of the most popular unisex names, also a place name and name of a Native American people in the northern Mississippi valley, which makes it a controversial baby name choice. While the popularity of Dakota is trending downward for both genders, it's one of those rare genuinely gender-neutral names that is used for nearly equal numbers of boys and girls.

# 329 in the US

Dakota Rank in US Top 1000

# 1007 on Nameberry

Dakota Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Dakota Popularity

Famous People Named Dakota

  • Dakota Avery GoyoCanadian Actor
  • Dakota BradleyAmerican country music singer
  • Dakota ServoldAmerican skateboarder
  • Dakota CochraneAmerican mixed martial artist
  • Dakota Ryan HudsonAmerican baseball player
  • Rayne Dakota "Dak" PrescottAmerican football player
  • Dakota Lohanbrother of actress Lindsay Lohan
  • Dakota Starblanket "Cody" Wolfchildson of singer Buffy Sainte,Marie and Sheldon Wolfchild
  • Dakota CastilloSmith, son of NFL player Tody Smith
  • Dakota Lee Martinezson of actor A Martinez
  • Dakota Paul Brinkmanson of actress Melissa Gilbert
  • Dakota Chapmanson of bounty hunter/TV personality Leland Chapman
  • Dakota Jefferson Holiday Alphin (b. 2010)son of singer Big Kenny
  • William Dakota Edwardsson of model/actress Angela Lindvall and William Edwards

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