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Dakota Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Dakota?

In 2015 the somewhat popular name Dakota, ranked the 357th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 500 most popular, Dakota has been less popular than the top 1000 in the past.

Position 56, its highest popularity ranking, was reached in 1995 with 6,575 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Dakota in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1971.

Approximately during the years 1974-1978, and 1981-1995, the name Dakota took a definitive turn upwards in popularity whereas clearly downward trends happened around 2000-2011.

Sometimes the name Dakota has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

The popularity trend for Dakota has been spiralling downward for a while. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Dakota has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Dakota?

Currently, the name is at a very low point when compared to its most popular year.

The name Dakota is chosen by a number of parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Dakota (Girl)Dakota (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2015 1,323 242 931 357
2014 1,142 284 883 359
2013 1,078 295 898 352
2012 1,035 309 953 331
2011 1,064 295 1,027 312
2010 1,141 286 1,132 292
2009 1,190 276 1,382 251
2008 1,284 266 1,633 226
2007 1,484 239 1,954 201
2006 1,838 190 2,362 172
2005 1,511 226 2,717 148
2004 1,179 278 2,916 137
2003 916 340 3,155 126
2002 950 323 3,484 107
2001 943 329 3,979 93
2000 1,086 296 4,553 88
1999 1,166 269 5,092 77
1998 1,242 247 5,402 72
1997 1,175 250 5,664 66
1996 1,055 273 6,066 58
1995 1,125 252 6,575 56
1994 894 306 5,533 69
1993 725 355 4,412 85
1992 751 346 3,613 103
1991 636 400 2,740 121
1990 380 596 1,549 195
1989 163 1,048 824 296
1988 98 1,420 554 363
1987 78 1,592 430 421
1986 72 1,641 320 488
1985 62 1,815 109 868
1984 18 4,195 61 1,164
1983 15 4,718 48 1,346
1982 13 5,272 42 1,491
1981 19 4,031 29 1,905
1980 24 3,428 40 1,527
1979 21 3,691 34 1,681
1978 15 4,487 55 1,203
1977 14 4,700 22 2,136
1976 11 5,287 16 2,627
1975 12 4,911 14 2,780
1974 8 6,362 8 3,900
1973 11 4,935 9 3,500
1972 6 7,466 13 2,692
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United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.