Dakota - girls name

Dakota name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 92%

Dakota name meaning:

The name Dakota is of Native American origin and holds significant meaning. It is derived from the Sioux word "Dakȟóta," which translates to "friend" or "ally." This name has deep roots in Native American culture, particularly among the Sioux people, who are indigenous to the Great Plains region of North America. Historically, the Dakota people were known for their bravery, strength, and close-knit community ties.

When used as a name for a boy, Dakota carries these noble characteristics. It symbolizes friendship, loyalty, and trustworthiness. Naming a boy Dakota can be seen as an homage to Native American traditions and values, as well as a way to acknowledge and appreciate the cultural heritage associated with the name.

Additionally, the name Dakota has gained popularity in recent years due to its association with the American states of North Dakota and South Dakota. These states are known for their natural beauty, rugged landscapes, and rich Native American history. Choosing the name Dakota for a boy may also reflect an admiration for the adventurous spirit and resilience associated with these regions.

Origin: American Indian



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Overall UK ranking: 466 out of 5581

92 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (304)

Historical popularity of Dakota

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