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The name Lakota is of Native American Lakota origin.

The meaning of Lakota is "friend, ally".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 3496  in baby name popularity for girls with 45 occurrences.  It ranked 2374 in popular baby names for boys with 54 occurrences. 

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


The Lakota People are part of a confederation of seven related Sioux tribes, who speak Lakota. They are also known as Teton, or Titunwan, meaning "prairie dwellers".

Lakota is one of the three language dialects spoken by the Sioux people. The other two are Nakota and Dakota.

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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