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Comes from the "Lakota" tribe. Lakota is a m/f name, Native American origin meaning "alliance".
lakota1  4/30/2005
Dakota, Lakota and Nakota are "branches" of the Sioux tribe. Then, there are several "side branches", like Oglala and Yanktonai.
Caprice  7/25/2005
Hannah Dakota Fanning (she goes by Dakota Fanning) is a young (age 11) actress who has been in many movies, including War of the Worlds.
― Anonymous User  10/6/2005
I dislike this name. It is a common name for livestock in my area and in my opinion a little 'trashy'.
Arrows  11/22/2005
Dakota is more of a male name in my opinion. The only Dakota I know is a 6-foot, 230 pound goth with a mohawk. But he's an awesome person!
Riley115  12/29/2005
This is a suitable name for an adult film star or a stripper. It's rather trendy and low-class, and a grave insult to our Native American friends.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2006
If you think that this name is for a stripper you are insane. Sorry. Just answer 1 question: how is it grave to our Native Americans? I'm Native American and it isn't grave to me.
amber monkey  3/17/2006
I really like this name. I don't see how you can get trashy out of this name. Heather Locklear's daughter Dakota Fanning (Up Town Girls).
amber monkey  3/17/2006
I think "tacky" is a more apt description than "trashy". If you are a member of a Dakota tribe then it's your perogative if you name your baby this, otherwise, show some self-respect for your own culture instead of cheapening it. Anyway, it's not like Heather Locklear is some icon of refinement!
greta-elisif  4/16/2006
How can using the name of a Native American tribe be a grave insult to Native Americans? How is this name "trashy"? Is it trashy as belonging to the Dakota people, or only to a kid named Dakota? Now that is the most screwed up logic I have ever encountered.

By the way, Dakota Fanning is not Heather Locklear's daughter. She played her daughter. Heather Locklear does, however, have a daughter named Ava.
websurfer  4/22/2006
Dakota isn't a name I personally would choose, not that there is anything wrong it. To me it does sound very masculine.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2006
Actress Lindsay Lohan has a younger brother named Dakota.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2006
This name is atrocious. It's tacky sounding, trendy and just plain awful. Thank goodness it's popularity is dwindling!
― Anonymous User  7/18/2006
Dakota is a nice name, but the only Dakota I've known was my friend's older sister. I really like this name, though!
― Anonymous User  12/13/2006
There is a restaurant called Dakota's Roadhouse. You should try their ribs.
Taydbug112  12/17/2006
This name is nice, but I have a problem with unisex names. I'm not sure if this is more for a boy or a girl.
Emma McHnery  1/20/2007
I love this name for a girl. The A ending seems to suggest a girl.
Emma McHnery  2/2/2007
Dakota is my name, I like it because it is unique.
PresleD  2/3/2007
It's a perfectly good name with a nice meaning.
ltacoleman  3/13/2007
Dakota is my friend's name and she absolutely hates it! She goes by Cody. I personally don't think that it's that bad, even though it isn't my favorite name. I also know a set of twin boys who are named Dakota and Montana.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2007
I think "Kota" is a great nickname for a boy named Dakota!
elysa  5/3/2007
I have only known boys with this name. To me it is more masculine sounding.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2007
I think another spelling of Dakota is Dacotah. I think it's a nice name, but since we already named our dog this, I wouldn't name my child Dakota/Dacotah.
joanie2007  8/6/2007
I used to know this really sweet guy named Dakota, so I alyways use this name for a boy.
JungKyungSoon  8/30/2007
I thought this name would be perfect for a character in a story I'm writing. The character actually happens to be a cougress cub (yes, I did make up the word "cougress"). It's a very American name, and thus it would fit a very American child/character/animal.
Atarah Derek  9/10/2007
This isn't really a Native American name, it's a word which refers to their allies - and using it as a proper name is quite ignorant and insulting.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2007
I don't see why using the name would be an insult to the Dakota people. Even if it isn't common to name a child Dakota among them - why shouldn't we do?
To me, it's more like an honoring gesture than an insult.

Furthermore, I don't get the argument about Dakota not being an actual name. Well, we made it one. It's no silly name without any significance but a name that originates from the Dakota, so to me, it's more sensible than any so-called "kreatyve" spelling of very ordinary names.

And what is more, the page someone above referred to says:
"It is the name of a Sioux tribe, and no one within the tribe is called "Dakota" for their first name, as this is not culturally appropriate."
--> So what? They don't have to call their children Dakota. But we can do it as we have another culture.

"It also does not mean "friend." It is a plural noun meaning 'the allies.' Naming your child this would be like naming him or her 'Frenchmen.'"
--> Again: what's the thing about that? So - it means "the allies". Well, every name has got a meaning, be it good or rather bad.
LoQuiero  11/22/2007
Famous bearer - Dakota Blue Richards.
ArcticSnowgirl  12/17/2007
Because of the 'a' at the end, I think this name is somewhat more suitable for girls. I wouldn't use it for either sex, though, as I find place names to be tacky. They sound weird in the places themselves, they always have associations related to the place, and a lot of times, they have no connection to the bearer of the name, which kind of defeat the purpose of using the name. It may even happen that the child will not end up liking the place. This isn't the prettiest name out there either.
slight night shiver  4/21/2008
My middle name is Dakota and I love it. My grandpa actually calls me this more than Katie, which is my first name. And when I was a flower girl in a wedding when I was little, the ring bearer was named Dakota. So it can be masculine or feminine, it just depends what you think.
katydid09  7/3/2008
I think it's fine that it's the name of a Native American tribe, and that it's unisex. But it sounds like a dog's name to me, not a person's.
Elly747  8/2/2008
This should not be used as a name. No one within the tribe this name comes from is named Dakota. Would you name your kid French or Polish? I thought so.
bananarama  9/21/2008
Tacky on an American child but my eyes practically roll out of their sockets on seeing it used outside of the US. It such a cheap fad name.
― Anonymous User  11/27/2008
Dakota doesn't mean "friend". It actually means "the allies" in the Dakota language, and it is a plural noun. Read here for more information -
― Anonymous User  8/20/2009
The one Dakota I've known was a former co-worker's pet German Shepherd. I'm not a fan of the name either way, but at least it sounds a little better on a dog. On a human it sounds incredibly tacky and trashy, and smacks of cultural ignorance and insensitivity. If you wouldn't name a kid Japanese or Canadian, why pull random names of Native American tribes? People from the Dakota tribe wouldn't name their kids Dakota, and anyone who wants to use this name because s/he feels some sort of connection to or interest in the Dakota tribe, instead of because it's some cutesy fad, would be better served by using an actual Dakota name, not the name of the tribe itself.
Anyechka  8/20/2009
Famous bearer - Jacoby Dakota Shaddix, lead singer of Papa Roach.
GreenLizzie  10/29/2009
Definitely more feminine. I like it.
― Anonymous User  11/24/2009
Haha this is a great name! I haven't heard of one Native American disapproving of this name, and even if they did, well we DO have states called North and South Dakota. Not unlike naming you kid Florida, or Georgia.

"Would I name my kid French or Polish?"
I'll name my kid whatever I want. Would you name your kid Apple, or Jesus, or May, June, April, Monday, Clementine? Every name is derived from something, regardless of it were meant to be an actual proper name or not.

All in all, I personally love this name. I've only met one Dakota, but he's so nice it's hard to have any bad thoughts surrounding him.
RachieVic  1/2/2010
My fiancee's name is Dakota. I always thought this name sounded feminine, but now, since I'm marrying a 5'10 gorgeous guy named Dakota, it's unshakably masculine for me. I can't say I would have used it, but for him, it works. He goes by Dak with some friends.
brilliantblue  1/5/2010
I think Dakota is a cute name for a little girl. But I am not exactly sure that I would want to use it on any future child of mine because I grew up with a dog named Dakota. That would just be a little weird.
KyDaBomb  1/6/2010
My name is Dakota and I'm a girl. I always hear of guys named Dakota and people tell me it's a boys name. Personally, I like my name. I don't understand how it sounds masculine because it ends in an "a" and usually I think that makes them sound very feminine.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2011
I know this is wicked tacky, but if I ever have to name a kid after a state, it would be this: Dakota Rose, and Kansas Violet. Maybe even a Montana Orchid. I like state names combined with flower names (for girls, of course). I like weird names. :)
bonjourfrenchfry  7/23/2011
Dakota is my name, and I've personally always liked it. I'm a female and though I've met several male Dakota's I've always felt that this name is more feminine because it ends in an "a". I know I'm biased, but I like my name a lot and get complimented on it frequently. I've never been made fun of for it. However, sometimes people have difficulty spelling it, which I find strange because it's just spelled just like the states. Some nicknames are D, Kota, or Cody. Young children often call me "Daka" or "Kota". Alternate spelling: Dakotah.
namesnamesnames  10/15/2011
This is my name and I am a girl. I am perfectly fine with the fact that you hear about more guys having this name instead of girls. I believe that this name is very suitable for me because I am a tom-boy. So I believe this is a good name for non-girly girls and boys.
dakota1997  11/26/2011
Dakota Goyo is the adorable little boy who played young Thor Odinson in Marvel's Thor (2011).
Lady_Skywalker  12/12/2011
I am sick of this name. I've encountered it plenty of times. First of all, it's the name of two states and a Native American tribe. North and South Dakota really don't have much to offer (except for outdoors types, I suppose). It's really tacky to name your kid after an American state, especially if you aren't American. As for the tribe thing - it's like naming your kid Mexican. Second, it sounds like a really wimpy name for a boy. Though it's not much better on a girl. Please, pick something else!
zaki95  9/14/2012
Strange: The first time I met someone with this name I thought, "You're supposed to be a state." It seemed quite odd as a name. Now it's growing on me. I have met both males and females with this name, but find it distinctly male. The only kind of girl I can picture with this name is a really out-doorsy, tom-boyish, horse-loving girl--possibly this comes from Dakota Fanning. This is one of the few D names that even sound remotely appealing to me.
Sabella Authoress  10/19/2012
I love the name Dakota. I think it's more masculine then feminine, but I like the name for both. One of my sons is named Dakota. He's a 16 year old, 6'3 and 220 lb. Football player and track and field athlete and a honors student. No one questions his masculinity and it certainly didn't hurt his self-esteem. It's about how you raise the child... not what you name them.
dthori01  6/12/2013
Today I was looking at the SSA's "beyond the top 1000", and I found that the name Dakota was given to 8 baby girls born in 1915. So it's use as a name is not entirely modern, although it was very, very rare before the nineties. I would still say it's a modern name, its just interesting to see how long ago it was in use, even if it was extremely uncommon.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2013
Dakota Johnson, an American actress.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2014
My name is Dakota but it is spelled differently so if you could not dis my name, I would appreciate it. I saw one comment say that it was trashy.
blackrose  9/11/2014
My name is Dakota and I like it, except when people think I'm a guy because it's more common for a guy than a girl.
dakotabare  11/27/2014
(I just want to add for Dakota Johnson this:) She is best known for playing the lead role of Anastasia "Ana" Steele in the film Fifty Shades of Grey.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2015
I feel that Dakota fits a girl better than boy. I have read that it means friend. I have a relative male named Koda (not short for Dakota). I can see it on a boy too but I think girls are a better fit. Nicknames could be Kota/Koda, Cody.
LV51sfan91  4/6/2015
Most definitely a male name.
I can't even think of a female that can get away with having this as a name.
(Except maybe Dakota Fanning, and only because she's famous. Everyone knows celebrities get away with everything.)
DevinandDrew  5/15/2015
I've liked the name used for females, like Actress, Dakota Fanning. Always thought it was pretty name for females.
masterofthemoon74  8/9/2015
My name is Dakota and I think it's a name that sticks. Some nicknames could be Cody or Dax for a boy or Kota or Dax for a girl as well. I think overall the name is pretty cool and it stands out in a crowd.
Dakota554  8/25/2015
I like the name Dakota. It made it on our list for naming our son. I prefer it as a boy's name rather than a girl's, and I was really surprised to see that it's more commonly used as a girl's name.
namingbaby  9/18/2015
My male dog's name is Dakota. Because of that, I can't really see it as a feminine name. If I had to picture a kid with it, I get the image of a cute, black-haired little boy with deep brown eyes and pale skin. I can see how it would appear to be feminine to the majority of people, and it probably would to me if I didn't have my dog. Either way, I don't have strong opinions on it, but I slightly prefer it on a boy.
actingfun  10/11/2015
My husband and I chose to name our oldest daughter Dakota Kathleen. She had a short struggle after meeting a boy named Dakota in her school. I personally still love the name and she has returned to liking it as well. Though she is a girly little girl (unlike our other daughter and I), she has such a strong personality that is always trying to find fairness that it still suits her. She has still said that she would like a girlier name, I offered for us to all start calling her Kathleen but she wants to be called HER name LOL. I personally love strong names for females. As an Amber I have a very feminine and common name so I chose to give my daughters strong, uncommon first names and feminine, common middle names.

Her nicknames are Kota, KoKonut, D, and Ducky. I called her Koty as a baby but she requested I no longer call her that :(
circusmaster07  12/16/2015
This is a unisex name which I don't like. I find Dakota to be more masculine than feminine for my taste.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
I've always I thought this was more of a girl's name because it sounds more feminine than masculine, but it's actually more popular for males. I've known only one girl named Dakota and I know four guys named Dakota.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2016
I don't like this name. I think it's too weak and better suited for females.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2016
This name seems more common on males but the "a" ending suggests it's feminine.
― Anonymous User  2/14/2016
I love the name Dakota and if I have a kid whether it's a boy or girl I want my first child to be named Dakota.
oX_Skyler_Arin_Xo  2/20/2016
I think this is a stupid name, just another one of those trendy, trashy names. It's quite bland sounding too.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2016
Weird that I've never heard this name as tacky before. It reminds me of nature and peace. I think it's incredibly beautiful and enchanting... tacky is any cliche names and there is nothing cliche about it. Trendy? I've never known a Dakota! Just the actress Dakota Fanning. Anyone complaining about its roots can go take a hike too. If we worried so much about that almost every name would be off limits for something.
Cloudypianos  4/9/2016
I like this name and if you like\love it as well and are considering using it for your little guy, some combos I have paired with it that you are more than welcome to take a look at are:

Dakota Emerson
Dakota Jeremy
Dakota Thomas
Dakota Damian
Dakota Spencer
Dakota Jared
Leon Dakota
Ethan Dakota
Everett Dakota
Gavin Dakota
Levi Dakota
Liam Dakota
Lucas Dakota
Miles Dakota

I view this name as unisex but those are the male combinations I have.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2016
I always liked the name Dakota. I named my daughter Dakotah Marie. She is not a boy, truck, state, or stripper. She is definitely her own person.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2016
Why did it have such a spike of popularity in 1995? I bet it was because of some movie...

Anyways, this name strikes me as being feminine rather than masculine, based on the fact that it ends with an "-a".
It would sound rather strange on a guy.
angolmois  10/19/2016
Well every Dakota I've come across has been a boy, so... yeah, I really can't picture this on a girl, even with that one child star Dakota Fanning.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2016
This my daughter's name. Her name is Dakota Shay and I LOVE it. I don't see her being named anything else. It fits her perfectly and I always get comments on it. She's never had a problem with it either.
― Anonymous User  12/10/2016
I'm a girl named Dakota. Throughout my life so far, I've met one or two guys with the name and only one other female Dakota. It seems a lot of people on here seem to not like the name very much, but I've never really minded it.

I like that it's somewhat uncommon but at the same time it has a simple spelling and it's not outlandish. Usually when I tell people my name, they often compliment it. Sometimes I get "North or South?" but I've never been teased or had any negative response to my name (at least not to my face, haha). Also, I know the name's more common for guys but I've never felt my name was too masculine because it ends with an "a", which to me always has made it feel more feminine.

A lot of my family members call me Cody or Kota for short.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2017
Dakota Blue Richards is an English actress. Her debut was in the film The Golden Compass, as the lead character Lyra Belacqua. She was cast as the lead of two other films: Dustbin Baby, as wayward teenager April, and The Secret of Moonacre, as Maria, the latter of which was released February 2009. She also played the character Franky Fitzgerald in the third generation of the E4 teen drama Skins.
lilolaf  2/19/2017
I love the name 'Dakota'!
Dennison_dude2007  11/8/2017
It's an ugly name. This is my name and I hate it so much, I go by my middle name. If you name your child this, you're honestly setting them up for an annoying life. Common jokes and questions: "North or South?" "Isn't that a guy's name?" "I think of it as more of a black girl's name." "You're not Native American." "What are you, a husky?" (It's embarrassing to turn around in public when someone shouts your name only to find out that they were calling for their dog.)

Sure, common names pestering (I know at least 27 Jayden's) but you can't exactly make fun of them except for anything other than lack of originality. Don't set your kid up for a life of rude jerks picking on them, dodge a bullet and name them something else.
Sleepily  12/2/2017
At first, the name Dakota was odd because it's a state name but it has grown on me. I like it. I'm not sure I would have named either of my sons Dakota, but maybe I would have knowing Cody is a nickname. I didn't have any daughters, lol. The more I think about Dakota, the more I like it. I also don't think that the "a" makes it feminine or masculine. Using that as a guideline, does any name ending in "o" have to be male? (examples of female names ending in "o": Jo, Calypso, Consuelo, Cleo, Coco, Indigo, Indiego, Margo, Marlo, Rosario). Ezra, Hiawatha, Hosanna, Hosea, Indiana, Ilya, Ira, Juda, Joshua, Kenya, Khalifa, Krishna, Mika, Luka, Mikala, Mostafa, Moustafa, Misha, Nikita, Nikola, Ossama, Osama, Pasha, Ra, Ryota, Simba, Sheba, Shiva, Siddharta, Siddhartha, Vida and Vasilica are all examples of male names ending in "a".
Dakota Johnson and Dakota Fanning are two famous female actresses. There's nothing trashy or masculine about either Dakota.
nacy  12/30/2017
I just had my third son on Jan.18 and we named him Dakota. We knew from the time we found out we were pregnant we were going to name our baby Dakota, whether boy or girl.
Amandasc21  2/4/2018
Dakota doesn't sound the least bit feminine.
Luvbug86  2/27/2018
The name Dakota was given to 836 boys born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  3/1/2018
I find it disrespectful for Caucasian people to name their children after Indian tribes, especially considering the genocide they committed against native Americans and the fact that they have no connection to the culture. What if you meet a member of the tribe and they dislike it? Americans have no respect for other cultures sometimes, and yet they use names such as this one.
XironDarkstar  3/24/2018
I feel like Dakota is more of a masculine name than feminine. That's just my opinion though.
ViniciusTheCat7  4/21/2018

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