Dakota

Dakota - A very unique male name



  Feb 25,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Dakota, meaning friendly one, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1978 on position #2070. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Dakota and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Dakota? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Dakota. The baby boy name Dakota was given to 912 baby boys in 2012, ranking #335 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 1,799 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Dakota peaked in popularity 22 years ago in 1995 on position 56.



Famous with this name

Dakota Johnson
Dakota Fanning
Dakota Goyo


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Dakota is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Dakota is currently topping the baby name charts in West Virginia at position #110 - and is the least popular in New Jersey at position #882.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Dakota is where you live.


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Dakota origin and meaning

Dakota is a 6 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means friendly one. To see famous people named Dakota, pop culture references for the name Dakota and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Dakota

We've found the following names that sound similar to Dakota, sorted by popularity.

Dwight / Dusty / Dakotah / Dakoda / Dekota / Dacoda / Dacota / Dacotah /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012335
2011311
2010291
2009251
2008227
2007200
2006172
2005149
2004137
2003126
2002108
200193
200088
199977
199872
199766
199658
199556
199469
199385
1992103
1991121
1990194
1989295
1988363
1987422
1986483
1985954
19841290
19832288
19821678
19801993
19791768
19782070

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
West Virginia110
Kentucky123
Arkansas143
Alabama177
Oklahoma184
Kansas202
Missouri206
Indiana215
Tennessee215
Montana229
Oregon236
Mississippi241
North Carolina244
Iowa250
Pennsylvania251
Maine254
Ohio268
Michigan271
Georgia272
Washington289
Nevada311
Virginia313
Colorado324
South Carolina330
Louisiana336
Arizona342
Minnesota350
Maryland376
Florida430
New Mexico448
Nebraska449
Wisconsin466
Utah491
Texas508
Illinois540
New York579
Massachusetts691
California775
New Jersey882

Even more about Dakota


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Dakota a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Dakota?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1995
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Dakota
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 1,799
Letter count 6
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1978
2012 births +912

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