Origin:Native American
Meaning:friend, ally
A colorful name even without “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson’s connection to it, Dakota comes from a Native American Sioux tribe and means “friend" or "ally.” The Dakotas were fierce and are known for their physical and mental strength, bravery and morals—all worthy traits for your offspring. The name was popular for boys starting in 1985; girls signed on 10 years later. Now the name is used easily for both sexes. Hollywood, though, seems to favor females: Actress Dakota Fanning and comedian Rosie O’Donnell’s youngest daughter share the name.

Famous Dakotas

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  • Dakota Bradley
    Country Singer
  • Dakota Brooks
    YouNow Star
  • Dakota Goyo

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Source: Social Security Administration

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