Gender / Sex: girl (Dakota's also a boy name)
Meaning: friend, ally
Origin: Native American Indian
Variant forms: Dakoda, Dakotah
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 4077
Dakota \d(a)-ko-ta\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Dakota), is pronounced da-KOH-tah. It is of Native American Indian origin, and the meaning of Dakota is "friend, ally". Tribal name and American place name: the word may also possibly mean "forever smiling".
Dakota has 2 variant forms: Dakoda and Dakotah.
Dakota is a somewhat popular first name for women (#4077 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)