Dakota - Meaning of Dakota
[ 3 syll. da-ko-ta, dak-ota ] The baby girl name Dakota is also used as a boy name, though the use for girls is more popular. It is pronounced D-ahKOW-Dah- or D-ahKOW-Taa- †. Dakota's language of origin is Dakota and it is predominantly used in English. It is derived literally from the word dakota which is of the meaning 'friend, ally'. It represents the transferred use of the vocabulary word as a given name. See Dakota for more information.
Dakota is a popular baby girl name. The name increased in popularity from the 1980s up to the 2000s; prior to that, it was of only irregular use. At the modest height of its usage in 2006, 0.088% of baby girls were named Dakota. It was #191 in rank then. The baby name has seen a drop in frequency since then. In 2018, it ranked at #247 with a usage of 0.071%, but it was nevertheless the most popular within all girl names in its family. Although Dakota is today more frequently used for baby girls, there was a period from 1985 to 2009 when more boys were given the name. After 2010, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 2017, 43% more baby girls than boys were given the name Dakota.
† Pronunciation for Dakota: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; K as in "key (K.IY)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Dakota:
Actress Dakota Fanning, born Hannah Dakota Fanning 23 February 1994, Conyers, Georgia.
Singer Dakota Staton, born June 3, 1930 - April 10, 2007, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.