Dakota

First Name
117k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
306
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Dakota mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Dakota

"Dakota" is a name of Native American origin, and it means "The Allies". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Siouan language spoken by the Dakota
  2. The area of the states of North Dakota and South Dakota
  3. A member of the Siouan people of the northern Mississippi valley; commonly called the Sioux
Wiktionary

From Dakota dakhóta (“ally”)

  1. the Santee branch of the Sioux people; the language of these people
  2. either of the two states North Dakota or South Dakota
  3. A male or female given name.
  4. A member of the Dakota people.

Notable Persons Named Dakota

Dakota Johnson is an actress and model. Her ongoing career started in 1999. Dakota was given the name Dakota Mayi Johnson by her parents Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith on October 4th, 1989 in Austin, Texas, United States.

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Dakota Fanning is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1999. Dakota was given the name Hannah Dakota Fanning on February 23rd, 1994 in Conyers, Georgia, U.S.

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His military service ended in 2010.

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Dakota Blue Richards is an actress. She was most prominent from 2006 to present. Dakota was born on April 11th, 1994 in South Kensington.

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Dakota Avery Goyo is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Dakota was born Dakota Avery Goyo on August 22nd, 1999 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Dakota was born on May 1st, 1986 in Fairbury, Nebraska, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dakota

Tony was given the name Tony DePiano in 1981 in Los Angeles.

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How popular is the baby name Dakota in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1915 8 8 0
1921 6 6 0
1958 12 12 0
1959 19 19 0
1960 13 13 0
1961 13 13 0
1962 9 9 0
1963 5 5 0
1964 6 6 0
1965 9 9 0
1966 13 8 5
1968 5 0 5
1970 9 0 9
1971 8 8 0
1972 19 6 13
1973 20 11 9
1974 16 8 8
1975 26 12 14
1976 27 11 16
1977 36 14 22
1978 70 15 55
1979 55 21 34
1980 64 24 40
1981 48 19 29
1982 55 13 42
1983 63 15 48
1984 79 18 61
1985 172 62 110
1986 392 72 320
1987 508 78 430
1988 653 99 554
1989 987 163 824
1990 1,930 380 1,550
1991 3,376 636 2,740
1992 4,364 752 3,612
1993 5,136 725 4,411 #85 boy name
1994 6,429 894 5,535 #69 boy name
1995 7,700 1,125 6,575 #56 boy name
1996 7,121 1,055 6,066 #58 boy name
1997 6,839 1,175 5,664 #66 boy name
1998 6,643 1,242 5,401 #72 boy name
1999 6,259 1,166 5,093 #77 boy name
2000 5,639 1,086 4,553 #88 boy name
2001 4,922 943 3,979 #94 boy name
2002 4,435 950 3,485
2003 4,073 916 3,157
2004 4,095 1,179 2,916
2005 4,231 1,513 2,718
2006 4,203 1,838 2,365
2007 3,443 1,485 1,958
2008 2,920 1,286 1,634
2009 2,577 1,193 1,384
2010 2,275 1,141 1,134
2011 2,093 1,066 1,027
2012 1,992 1,038 954
2013 1,985 1,083 902
2014 2,033 1,146 887
2015 2,268 1,330 938
2016 2,276 1,411 865
2017 2,330 1,346 984

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Popularity of Dakota as a first name

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Popularity of Dakota as a last name

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Common last names for Dakota

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dakota U.S.
  White 61.76% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 21.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 8.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dakota

People with the last name Dakota are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Dakota

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  • How Popular is the name Dakota? Dakota is the 585th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dakota was the 64,891st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dakota have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 117,012 babies born with the first name Dakota in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dakota to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dakota? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Dakota first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dakota is Monday, October 5th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Dakota born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dakota was in 1995 with a total of 6,575 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dakota!
  • Random Dakota Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dakota ranks 40th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 20 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Dakota: Your name in reverse order is Atokad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aoatkd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dakota? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 306 people with the last name Dakota.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dakota? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dakota as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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