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Dakota Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Dakota is of Native American Dakota origin.

The meaning of Dakota is "friend, ally".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 285  in baby name popularity for girls with 1136 occurrences.  It ranked 360 in popular baby names for boys with 876 occurrences. 

View the Dakota Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Dakota has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Dakota to other names.


The Dakota People are one of the three main subcultures of the Sioux people.

Dakota meaning "friend, ally" is also one of the three language dialects of the Sioux, the other two being Nakota and Lakota.

The Sioux are an indegenous Great Plains people comprised of three divisions.

The Santee, Isanyathi meaning "knife", are also called the Eastern Dakota as they live in Iowa, Minnesota and eastern North and South Dakota.

The Yankton-Yanktonai, Ihankthunwan-Ihankthunwanna meaning "village at the end", "little village at the end" are also known as the Western Dakota, Wishiyena as they live in the Minnesota River area.

The Lakota, meaning "friend, ally", are also known as the Teton Thithunwan meaning "prairie dwellers" as they are the westenmost Sioux living in North and South Dakota. The Lakota People, are known for their warrior and hunting culture.

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Related Names

Variants of the name Dakota include Dacoda, Dakoata, Dakoda, Dakolta, Dakotah, Dakotya.

Other Tidbits

Dakota falls into the name categories automobile, place.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Dakota Fanning.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Dakota in American Sign Language?

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Be creative with the name Dakota.

Just for fun, see the name Dakota in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Naming a child in the Native American culture is a sacred event only to be performed by the wisest in the group, the elders. Because of the level of ritual that it is given, Native American names are considered especially significant and powerful.

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