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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Dakota
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Dakota in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Dakota:
Records indicate that 79,841 boys in the United States have been named Dakota since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1995, when 6,575 people in the U.S. were given the name Dakota. Those people are now 20 years old.
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Comments about the name Dakota
Based on the comments submitted below
46 Positive Comments
"Love it for a girl/young lady. . .is equated with coming from upper class of society . . . if it were a boy's name, could go the other way" Jun. 19, 2012:
"I love this name and accept that it's unisex. When I have a baby I will name him/her Dakota for sure." Jun. 14, 2012:
"Its a great name for BOYS only. Its way more popular for boys than girls, so that girl who's named Dakota and said it was girly is completely WRONG. Shut up." Sep. 12, 2011:
"We are naming our son Dakota. Some of my husbands family members (mom, sister) make fun of it. Kids these days make fun for a lot of reasons, those kids need to be taught respect. For the people in his family that don't like it & contiue to say things about it won't seem him." Jun. 13, 2011:
"Dakota is a awesome name i think for a boy.I'm having my first baby boy and his name is Dakota Micheal.some people like it some don't but they have no say lol. thanks guys hope the girls love it:-)" Apr. 14, 2011:
"My sons name is DaCota Cade but, this is how we spelled it. Just to make it different." Mar. 8, 2011:
""i think its great for a girl but for a guy i think its just wrong.... you are going to get teased. good luck with that dakota."
now im not exactly positive but im pretty sure im dakota and im also pretty positive that im a boy and i know that i wasnt ridiculed in school you saying that means you would have teased someone named dakota and therefore i hate your guts and you should be ashamed of yourself dakota was predominately a boys name before the little girl came along and then it was ZOMG dakota fanning. . .
P.S. i hate her too
P.P.S my name is awesome and im a guy and i dont find it a compliment when people say "OH I have a daughter named dakota" and its even worse when someone miss spells my name with De or koda or both" Feb. 13, 2011:
"i am 18 weeks pregnant and i find out what i am having tomorrow. if i get what i want and it is a boy i am naming him dakota shane after his daddy and if he is anything like his daddy the name will be perfect. i love my husbands name and hopefully my sons also!" Oct. 20, 2010:
"my names dakota and i get compliments all the time for a boy having a tight name" Jul. 16, 2010:
"Im 26, my name is Dakota Ray. i love my name and chicks dig it alot." Mar. 18, 2010:
"My son's name is Dakota Ryan. We call him Kota for short. I love his name and would never change it!" Jan. 20, 2010:
"My name is Dakota and i'm a boy. If you're contemplating naming your son or daughter Dakota DO IT! I love my name and your kid would love it too." Jan. 2, 2010:
"dakota is a pretty cool name to me and i'm a boy..dakota is my middle name i wish it was my first name..i think dakota is a unisex name but its more of a boy name it really doesnt fit girls" Dec. 29, 2009:
"I am having a boy in march 2010. I am really thinking about the name Dakota. Its a love hate name some people like it other hate it. I just think its awesome. Beside he will think he got name after a dodge. People keep saying its more for a girl. Think of someelse. I really like the name Dakota" Dec. 24, 2009:
"Great name, but only for BOYS! Girls get away, i'm sick of girls stealing boy names." Oct. 22, 2009:
"My son is named Dakota. He has met 6 other Dakota's...all boys. This must have been a real popular name in 1996/1997!" Sep. 17, 2009:
"Yup, my names Dakota. I'm a guy, and 20 years old. I agree with one of the comments below- girls love it! Im not kidding. Eveytime I tell a girl my name its always the same reaction- "Oh wow, that's so cute!"
So if your having a boy then go for it. Of course when I was born it was nowhere near as popular as it is now, and I am a little dissapointed about how popular it is becoming but its a great name and I love it!" May. 30, 2009:
"My name is Dakotah. I'm 28, i'm a guy, and I am half Indian. Dakotah is a Lakota word meaning "ally", but I myself am Apache and Pueblo Indian. Lakota parents would not name their kids Dakotah... Almost all girls like the name for a guy, so if you are having a baby boy and want him to have an easy time with girls and people in general, think about this name. However this likely wont hold true if you and your kids are squares or nerds. I would not recommend the name to any weak-minded or very unattractive parents. And not that I have anything against ugly people or nerds. Best for artistic and openhearted parents. Oh yeah, not good for super white-bread families or hicks. No Republicans either.
Never mispronounced or made fun of. Never been an obstacle to my professional career either. Very strong name and should be carried by strong individual. As a girls name, Dakota (notice spelling) is very pleasant as well in my opinion." May. 11, 2009:
"Our baby boy will be named Dakota, as with any name there are draw backs but I love it. It has a great meaning and it's Native American. At least I am not joining the ranks of Jayden's and Brayden's. Dakota Rocks!" May. 1, 2009:
"My son is named Dakota. We chose the name because of our Native American heritage and because the name means "friend." Our boy is friendly, outgoing, fun and thoughtful. Dakota is the perfect name for him and he has never been teased about his name except in reference to North or South Dakota. He loves the name and so do we!" Feb. 9, 2009:
"Only for a boy.....It just seems to be a masculine name..not right for girls" Feb. 4, 2009:
"I know someone with the name Dakota, I think it's an awesome name. We call her Dakky as her nickname." Jan. 28, 2009:
"Whoever said that it is more common for girls than guys is wrong it is more common for boys love it for a boy but not at all for a girl!" Dec. 12, 2008:
"One of my horses is called Dakota and it suits her perfect; she's an Appaloosa. We live in Switzerland and she is maybe the only one in the whole country with the name Dakota. I love it! It means Friend!" Jun. 30, 2008:
"i would name my future daughter dakota because i love this name.." Jun. 25, 2008:
"I named my young daughter Dakota. I can not think of her having any other name now. She has a kind heart and she will be a good "friend". We live in New Zealand. I am Scots Irish and her mum is Fijian. Most people who meet her for the first comment on her lovley name." May. 26, 2008:
"my name's dakota and i luv it im the most amazing person in the world so you should all name your kids dakota after me :)" Jan. 7, 2008:
"My name is Dakota. I love it. I am sad at the growing popularity of the name though." Jan. 6, 2008:
"My youngest son is named Dakota. Everyone loves the name. He gets called Kota or Koty alot. He is spunky and mischievous and I think the name fits him well. We have deep American Indian heritage in all sides of our family and my grandparents were pleased with his name. He is now 12 and no regrets with this name." Jan. 2, 2008:
"Yes i am dakota hague im 12. It is annoying when people call me dakota fanning. But im a boy. In my life i have only met 3 dakota's 2 were girls and the other a boy." Dec. 6, 2007:
"im male, and its unique.i couldnt be happier with any other name" Nov. 24, 2007:
"I'm a boy, and this is my name. Sometimes it's annoying when, in emails, people assume i'm a girl, or they aren't quite sure.
I wish that dakota fanning didn't exist." Nov. 11, 2007:
"My dog is named Dakota. I have never met a person with the name but this other dog where I live is also named Dakota. I like the name alot!" Sep. 11, 2007:
"I love that name! I know alot of people who have that name also. I don't like how people spell Dakota, Dakoda, it doesn't look right to me." Jul. 8, 2007:
"I named my Siberian Husky, Dakota. Mainly cause of the meaning behind it. Native American and friend of Man. I have had so many compliments from it." May. 8, 2007:
"I like this name alot - very american ! i am english by the way" Feb. 20, 2007:
"I am 18 years old and a freshman in college. My mother named me Dakota after a star in a soap opera she had a crush on. When I was younger I didn't really like my name. However, when I now think about my name, I realize how lucky I am to have it. It is a very rare and unique name to have. I only know three other people named Dakota. One was named after me, one goes by Cody, and the other is a girl I went to high school with. So to me it is most definately a guys name. Also the girls love the name. I don't know why, but they do...." Dec. 3, 2006:
"I KNOW ONE PERSON THAT IS NAMED DAKOTA AND HE'S A BOY" Aug. 8, 2006:
"I don't meet people that have the name dakota i just meet dogs and trucks." Jul. 13, 2006:
"Since I am Sioux and wanted to get back to my roots, I named my son Dakota James and my daughter Tayler Cheyenne. I thought about the name Sioux, but didn't want them to get teased throughout school. I figure when we go through the naming ceremony, they will get their Sioux names anyway." Feb. 16, 2006:
"they usually ask "North or South?" But I think it gives personality." Feb. 8, 2006:
"MY BABY BOY WAS BORN IN 1990 AND WE NAMED HIM DAKOTA. HE SAYS EVERYONE IS ALWAYS TELLING HIM WHAT A COOL NAME" Jan. 31, 2006:
"I named my sons Dakota and Indiana. Dakota is 13 now. he has enjoyed his name with one notable exception... someone named their daughter Dakota and she was in one of his classes in grade school. For Indy, everyone loves it, adn it goes well with the other. we do get teased about needing a lot more babies to get thru the rest of the states!" Dec. 30, 2005:
"What is funny is that my guy friend, that si his name and his last initial is F. and he looks like he could be Dakota Fanning's fraternal twin, no lie, I like this name a lot for both genders." Dec. 28, 2005:
"Of course, I do love the name... I named my 6 year old son Dakota, and people never spell it wrong and he always gets a "cool name" from his classmates so he likes it too." Aug. 22, 2005:
"My friend named her children Dakota, Sioux and Cheyenne. Dakota and Sioux are boys and Cheyenne is the girl. I think Dakota is a cool name, for boys and for girls, but I didn't meet any boy with the Dakota, except my friend's son. And as a girls name, I just know it from Dakota Fanning." Jul. 3, 2005:
2 Negative Comments
"I agree that parents should think about the future when naming a boy Dakota. There is no doubt that he will get teased at some point about his name. Children are ruthless and mean to each other as they are growing up. Why burden your child with one more reason to be humiliated?" May. 6, 2008:
"i don't really rate Dakota for A Boy, i know too many girls that are Dakota. I do like interesting and different boys names but." Mar. 28, 2006:
26 Neutral Comments
"way to go for doing the whole month! I did too... but I'm taking April off. It began to feel like a chore dunrig March. But I am following you on IG, so I saw all these pics already. It's still nice to see them in one place!" Jun. 17, 2013:
"We named our son Dakota. Everyone we meet loves his name! We call hi 'kota' for short. It fits him well.
I think this name could be use for either gender, but my personal opinion is it sounds more masculine." Dec. 5, 2011:
"Dakota Fanning is actually named Hannah Dakota Fanning - she actually says she hates the name Dakota, and is planning on changing her name when she's old enough to do so.
Also, look up for blowing up Hollywood child actor Dakota Avery Goyo, set to become the next big thing! Watch out" Oct. 2, 2011:
"I know a few people that are boys named Dakota. No one has made fun of their name since I knew them, guess it all depends on the people around you." Sep. 19, 2011:
"Who ever names their son Dakota is an idiot who should be ashamed. Thats like naming your son Emily. It's an obviously girl sounding name. Probally cuz it has "Kota" in it. Lol boys will definitely be picked on." Jun. 27, 2011:
"If I am having a boy I am naming my son Dakota. I think it is a cool name for both genders. For the people that say the kid will be made fun of is wrong. Kids thees days need to grow up & stop bullying. What a world we live in." Apr. 19, 2011:
""My name is Dakota and im a girl. lots of people call me "kote" or "kota". i say Dakota is a girl name because it sounds girly to me and lots of people i know. but i agree it is a unisex name. im 13 and i liked it when Dakota wasnt so popular. i used to know only 1 other person with my name now i know like 6 or 7. its as common as Austin or Ashaley. and i hate it. the guys i know get teased for haveing the name Dakota. and they get so tired of it they want to change there name. but the name Dakota is the best name ever so be happy about it. and it is a unisex but sounds better for girls! haha"" Feb. 21, 2011:
"i think its great for a girl but for a guy i think its just wrong.... you are going to get teased. good luck with that dakota." Feb. 7, 2011:
"my brothers name is dakota and he is 19 years old. and he just loves his name.i think it is a very strong name and cool. dakota is good for a girl or a boy. and are background is african and white my brother has only heard one other person in his high school and his name was dakota." Nov. 9, 2010:
"My name is Dakota (a guy) and as one of the other comments stated, some of us do get teased because people use it as a girls name as well. It's humiliating to me." Jun. 26, 2010:
"My husbands name is Dakota Scott when we had our first son we decided to name him after his dad except I saw it in a name book spelled Dakkota and I loved the double k so we changed it alittle and since he's a junior we all call him dj hes three now and adorable but i love the name dakkota for a boy or however you wanna spell it. haha" May. 5, 2010:
"My son's name is Dakota Tanner R...... I love his name. Everyone always says he has a cool name. :)." Apr. 29, 2010:
"My name is Dakota Alexis Morgan and I am a girl.I love my name and I think it is a good name for both genders." Apr. 28, 2010:
"My son is named Dakota Sean (Sean is his dad's middle name). We call Dakota "Kota" for short and I absolutely can't imagine him being named anything else. He is never teased about his name but maybe that's because we live in the Rockies." Feb. 16, 2010:
"I named my Son Dakota, his Mom was not too cool with the name and it was not really decided until she was having him she said" OK DAKOTA KRISTOPHER LEE" so I got to name my only son Dakota. He is 5 now and such a Dakota true friend to all." Aug. 10, 2009:
"My name is Dakota and the only question about my name that I get asked is "North or South?" I'm also upset about the popularity of the name though." Apr. 14, 2009:
"my name's dakota and i luv it im the most amazing person in the world so you should all name your kids dakota after me :)" Jan. 7, 2008:
"I'm a girl, also named Dakota. People can pronounce it fine, and it's a hard name to forget. However, it's more common as a girl name than a guy name. The only downside is being related to Dakota Fanning!
(PS. Dakota means "Friendly" in the Sioux and Dakota tribes. )" Nov. 10, 2007:
"I am probably the only male "Dakota" on the known universe. As a kid I absolutly hate the name and went by "Cody". I'm much older and now I have a love-hate relationship because, for example, if I call my bank and say my name, they assume that I'm not Dakota and send me to the security center." Sep. 16, 2007:
"My name is Dakota. and people always spell it wrong for example : Dakoda and Dakotah. I don't know why they do, but they do. Anyway the correct way to pronounce my name is Da-ko-tah." Sep. 12, 2007:
"This is my name. I'm a female, & I never really have anyone pronounce it wrong, but are usually surprised when they see that it's my name. Especially teachers or subs when taking role. I've never met any other girls with the name Dakota, but this year, i've already met atleast 3 new boys with the same name." Aug. 31, 2007:
"I named my 18 year old son Dakota Leigh...he doesn't like his name and wishes I had given him a more common name, but I love his name." May. 23, 2007:
"This is the name of my Bearded Dragon. I read soemwhere that it meant "forever smiling."" May. 20, 2007:
"my name is dakota i live in a mantion my dad plays for the sens and i am 12 years old" Jan. 10, 2007:
"honestly, are you just trying to torture your children? How many starbucks coffee drinks do you consume a day? Better yet, i bet all of you mothers must be on the south beach diet, who love movies like american beauty and mona lisa smile. It seems like you are trying to be unique and get your yoga class members saying "awwwwwww, thats a beautiful name...how unique" those kids will be the laughing stocks of their high schools. Whats next? i can see you naming your children nevada or nebraska pretty soon.or better yet, wyoming. dont miss your rerun "friends" episode tonight. stock up on your bob-bons. Did you cry in cinderella man? or how bout when seabiscut fell down?" Aug. 23, 2006:
"My son's name is Dakota and he is 12 years old. We think it's a great name and it's neat to know that it means "friend". My son is a great friend and it certainly speaks of his character!" Jan. 5, 2006:
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