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The name Dakota is of Native American origin, and means friend.  The table below indicates the number of times the name Dakota has been given to baby girls in recent years.  The last 125 years refers to 1880 through 2004; last year refers to 2004.  The rank and count values are based on U.S. Social Security Administration counts for the one thousand most popular names given to baby girls in each of these years. 

Cumulative Usage Chart for the Name Dakota
Use of the Name Dakota for Girls During the Last ...
125 Years 50 Years 25 Years 10 Years 5 Years 2 Years 1 Year
14,176 14,176 14,176 10,793 5,043 2,079 1,168
The table below indicates the number of times the name Dakota has been given to baby girls and baby boys each year, from 1880 through 2004.  Dakota first appeared in the top thousand girl or boy names during 1985, which is the first year shown on the table.  A blank entry indicates that the name did not rank among the top one thousand names given to girls or boys, respectively, during the specified year.

Yearly Usage Chart for the Name Dakota
  Used as a Girl Name Used as a Boy Name
Year RankCount RankCount
1985  865109
1986  487320
1987  421429
1988  363553
1989  295824
Totals:  14,176 66,781

During the last 125 years, parents have used Dakota as a girl's name about 17% of the time and more frequently (about 82% of the time) as a boy's name.  Cumulative counts and total counts shown on the above tables are significantly lower than actual counts because the name Dakota appears in the top 1,000 girl names only 15 times during the last 125 years.

See the Social Security card applications information for qualifiers about the data shown on this page.

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Girl Name Dakota