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Origin: Native American
Meaning: Friend

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Dakota

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Dakota in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Dakota:

  • Records indicate that 24,628 girls in the United States have been named Dakota since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2006, when 1,812 people in the U.S. were given the name Dakota. Those people are now 14 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Dakota

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      33 Positive Comments

  • "Hewo my name is Dakota, I like my name alot im thinking if i should male my nickname Dako. :3" Dec. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is dakota and i a girl and i like it because the name dakota means "friend", "friendly" or "allies" so yeah and that might not be me but i love my name and all the boys named dakota and all the girls named dakota should love their names too just like i do so always love your name and never regret the name you hat not ever byeeeeee" Jan. 23, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 3 month old daughter is named Dakota, at first i didn't really like it but have to say now it has grown on me so much and always gets compliments as it's so unusual over here in Scotland." Dec. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is Dakota and I'm a girl. I getting this cool jumper that I can put a name of anything on the back but I want some nick names for my name. Anyone please have you got any ideas of a nickname for my name PRETTY PLEASE!!! Thanks :)" Mar. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our beautiful daughter Dakotah, we chose to add the 'h' on the end to make it different. Now I couldn't imagine it being spelled any other way. We get so many compliments on the spelling and the beautiful name!!" Mar. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi im Dakota! People often get my name wrong alot! :'( My nickname is Kota and im 10 LOL! I love my name!;)" Oct. 28, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really love this name I wish it was my name bu oh well :/" Oct. 16, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dakota, and I love my name!!! My closest friends call me 'Kota'." Mar. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • ""My Mini Pinsher name is Da'Kohta. We choose the name becasuse it sounds strong but feminine at the same time.. We also wanted to give her name a different spelling." Jan. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my daughter Chloe Dakota. She's 13 now and she loves it!! Chloe goes by COCO, it works both names. we have a 9 year old named Ella Kendall. i love how they have unisex names as their middle names ." Dec. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brothers name is dakota and he is 19 years old and he loves is name. he only know one other person name dakota and they were in high school. no one spells is name wrong it a very cool name for a boy or girl" Nov. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is dakota too! sometimes I go by kota or kody which really should be koty right? because that's how its spelled in my name. At first I really didn't like it but I think it probably suits me really well.p.s.I didn't know there were so many other Dakotas! I've never met one. and yea people do name their dogs that a lot. :) long distance high five Dakota's!" Jul. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Dakota Jillian & love it. Sometimes think i would have spelled it Dakotah. My husband didn't want her to always have to say with an "h". The name fits her. We nick named her "Kota"." May. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a friend and her name is dakota(obviously) her name really fits her!!" May. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names dakota and i think im awesome lol arent all dakotas awesome hehe" Mar. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two year old daughter's name is Dakota and it fits her perfectly, wouldn't have it any other way. I get mixed reactions, specially since my husband drives a dodge Dakota, everyone thinks she is named after his truck! Then I get the "well my dog is named Dakota" and I reply "Yea and my dog is named Molly, what is your point??" I hope so grows to love her name, unique and beautiful." Jan. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 30 years old and my name is Dakota. I have only meet 2 little boys with this name. I must have been one of the only ones with this name 30 years ago." Dec. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a fourteen year old girl and my name is Dakota and personally, I love it! Some people I've noticed say it's too common but I don't think of it as an average name. I know of a couple of guys named Dakota but to me, Dakota is more of a feminine name. The reason I think so is because it ends with an "a" and not too many boys names do. I think the "a" adds a feminine touch and makes it more appropriate for a girl. I think this name is unique and I'm not just saying that because it's my name. It truly is a fun interesting name to have." Aug. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and i have this name picked out for our next child if its a girl. Ive always loved the name and i come from a native american background." Jul. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Chocolate Lab puppy is named Dakota and we thought it fit her perfectly! Plus, chocolates originated from the N.A! I LUUUUUUVVVVV this name!" Dec. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Chocolate Lab puppy is named Dakota and we thought it fit her perfectly! Plus, chocolates originated from the N.A! I LUUUUUUVVVVV this name!" Dec. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Daughter's name is Dakota Rhiannon and we chose this name years before it was used for either gender, she is now in her 20's and is a very bright, original, strong, lovely young woman. She was teased at times but it made her stronger." Oct. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter name is Dakota she is 17 yrs old..I love this name becaues it was diffrent. I have a diffrent name tamatha so I woned a diffrent name for her." Aug. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born in Sept of 2006 and Dakota was the name we chose for her. I have gotten nothing but compliments on her name and have not once regretted that we chose that name for her." Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I heard this name on tv and was like that is what I am going to name my baby girl" Jul. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A beautiful name for a strong, noble and dependable little girl and woman-to-be. Nothing plebian about it, unless you strangely reference everything Native American to be lower class or plain." Feb. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Wife and I are having a baby girl in June, and we've chosen this name. It took a lot for us to find one we both liked :-)" Jan. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Dakota and she is the most feminine and beautiful young lady." Sep. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is dakota i am a girl my friends used to make fun of me because they had never heard of a girld named dakota i used to get upset when my family would my things with their names on them and i could never find something with MY name on it." Aug. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dakota. I have never met anyone with the name Dakota, but I've heard of boys with the name. I like it, except when I get asked if I am North or South. I usually respond with East." Jan. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "No one mispronounces my name.I love my name...ecxept that I know a boy that is named Dakota and sometimes my friend tease me........." Jan. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I are going to name our daughter Dakota" Dec. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dakota. Everyone I meet tells me how much they love it and hot it's so unique. Its the coolest name around." Dec. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "Dakota is for sure not a girls name. My name is Dakota and I'm a boy, but I know far more boys named Dakota than girls. It just doesn't suit a girl at all. Its very masculine and not feminine." Jul. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "to boyish for a girl but it's a very good name for a boy." Dec. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think that Dakota is a totally boring name. All of the people I know that have this name are very boring. (besides Dakota Fanning)" Jan. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mean rude and annoying litle sister is named this and is far from friendly!!!" Jan. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really don't meet anybody named Dakota. Everyone gives me cool nice nicknames like... kota, cody, and D'kota. I really like the name Dakota." Jan. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      23 Neutral Comments

  • "Hey I have been thinking of naming my baby girl Dakota im now a proud dad" May. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 22 year old girl and my name is Dakota (middle name D'Arcy). Everyone calls me Coty. I love it because it's so different and haven't met anyone with the same name." Jan. 9, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Dakota I love she loves it we've never heard it before an it's lovely to seen all the commets with there lovely name Dakota" Nov. 11, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a daughter named Dacota I think spelled with a (c) gives it a girley look also easer to write. Middle name is Chiane.Has a good flow to it." Oct. 5, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 32 weeks pregnant... could not decide on a name for my little girl... her big sister is Chloe.. I think I have finally found one!" Sep. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is called Dakota and I always get really nice comments when people ask her name. They say its a lovely unusual name and I like something a little different. My daughter gets called Kodi for short and I think that's really cute too. I love her name but now I am expecting another baby and want a girls name to go with it that is a little unusual too. Don't like too common names! I find it really hard to pick a name." Jun. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my middle name is DEKOTA. unusual way to spell it but its unique and describes me. :)" Mar. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Dakota after Dakota Fanning. SHe is a good little actress and I thought my daughter would be proud to be named after someone so famous. Her nick name is Koda." Feb. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter, Dakota Lynn. She is seventeen. She goes by Dakota and likes her name. I gave her the middle name Lynn in case she didn't like Dakota. My nickname for her is "Kota". I have always said I started out with the Bible looking for a name and ended up with the Atlas." Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

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  • "I am the only girl in my school named Dakota. There are about 5 guys who I know who also have my name. I love the name :)" Aug. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Dakota (: I am 15 year's old and i go by Kody (: i think dakota is better as i a girl name,i have never met a boy dakota." Jun. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter's middle name is Dakota. she is six years old and she loves her name. she goes by her first name, which is rylee,a name she also loves. i choose dakota because you don't hear it quite as often as some other names and it's different and beautiful for a girl,no matter what the age." Jan. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is, Dakota Mareena, "friend of the sea", I absolutely love it, and it suites her perfectly!" Nov. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Dakota Catelin and i'm 13. My friends tease me about my name sometimes, but just jokingly. Personally, i love my name, cause I only know one other person named Dakota(:" Jul. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is the name of my little sister, but the name does not fit her. for she is not much of a friend." Jan. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "its a beautiful name i am planning on using this name for my second child whenever that may be" Mar. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name reminds me of North and South Dakota. I've only known one boy with this name. The name does sound patriotic and not too feminine. I prefer my name over this name, but its not that bad I've heard worst." Jan. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughters name is Dakota and i just wanted to know if anyone had the biblical reference to the meaning of this name" Jan. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "A beautiful name for a girl. It is Native American and means "friend"." Mar. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Dakota, but it always reminds me of Dakota Fanning" Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my twin sister's name and my name is Montana. People always call us the states or just to joke the teachers either call me Michagin or Oregon(sometimes it relly gets anoyin)" Sep. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 5 months pregnant and at the moment, my boyfriend and I are looking at names. He really likes Dakota for a girl, and I'm not so keen on it. I want something more feminine and pretty, like Ava or Tatiana." Jul. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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