Origin:Native American
Popularity:325
Meaning:Friend, ally
A striking gender-neutral name that commands the listener's attention, Dakota comes from a Native American Sioux tribe and means “friend" or "ally.” The Dakotas were fierce warriors and are known for their gorgeous artwork, intelligence, bravery, and morals—all worthy traits for baby. From 1985, the name surged in popularity for boys. A few years later, parents started naming their daughters Dakota, too. Actress Dakota Fanning certainly popularized the name for females, along with comedian Rosie O'Donnell, who named her daughter Dakota. Dakota is now an incredibly gender-fluid name that will enable baby to express themselves freely.

Famous People Named Dakota

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

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Source: Social Security Administration

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