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Dakota Meaning


What does Dakota mean?

The name Dakota is of Native American Dakota origin.

The meaning of Dakota is "friend, ally".

Dakota is used as both a boys and girls name.

It consists of 6 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Da-ko-ta.

The Given Name Dakota

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.

Dakota falls into the name categories automobile, place.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Dakota Dozier, Dakota Fanning, and Dakota Johnson.

Dakota Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 247 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,307 occurrences. It ranked 349 in baby name popularity for boys with 936 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 232 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,353 occurrences. It ranked 342 in baby name popularity for boys with 990 occurrences.

The trend's your friend. See how Dakota has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Dakota Name Popularity Page.

Dakota Related Names

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

Famous Dakotas

  • Dakota Dozier ~ Football Player
  • Dakota Fanning ~ Actress
  • Dakota Johnson ~ Actress

Dakota Numerology

Destiny Number, Life Path Number, Soul Urge and Personality Number. These Numerological numbers may tell your child's story. Take a look at the Numerology Of Dakota.

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Dakota Name Fun

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

Then just follow the diagram below.

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.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Dakota in Nautical Flags page.