Dakota - Meaning of Dakota
[ 3 syll. da-ko-ta, dak-ota ] The baby boy name Dakota is also used as a girl name, and more frequently so. It is pronounced as D-ahKOW-Dah- or D-ahKOW-Taa- †. Dakota is used chiefly in the English language and its origin is Dakota. It is literally from the word 'dakota' which means friend, ally. The first name is derived from the name of the Native American people also known as the Sioux. It has been adopted by English speakers since the 20th century.
Dakota has 14 variants. Variants include Daccota, Dacoda, Dacota, Dak, Dakkota, Dakoda, Dakodah, Dakoeta, Dakoetah, Dakotta, Dekohta, Dekota, and Dekowta. The variant spelling Dakotah is another English form.
Dakota is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1980s up to the 1990s; before that, it was of very modest use only. Its usage peaked in 1995 with 0.327% of baby boys being given the name Dakota. It ranked at #56 then. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.049% and its ranking #349, but it was nonetheless the most frequently used among all boy names in its group. Though Dakota is currently more often than not a girl name, there was a period from 1985 to 2009 when more boys were given the name. From 2010 on, increasingly more girls than boys were named Dakota. In 2017, the name Dakota was given to 43% more girls than boys.
Baby names that sound like Dakota include Dakodah, Dakotah, Deseado, Desito, Dositeo, Dustee, Deusdedit, Dagget, Daggett, Dagwode, Dagwood, Daust, Dauste, Dawst, Dawste, Deshad, Desta, Destie, Diet, and Dost.
† 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)"