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Emily P.

PupNames.com Contributor

Dakota, a dog name with a punch! It's got that Wild West vibe, like your pooch is a four-legged cowboy, ready to herd some cattle or chase a frisbee. It's a nod to the Dakota tribes, known for their strength and resilience - just like your pup when they spot a squirrel. Plus, it's the name of two U.S. states, so it's perfect for a dog that loves road trips or has a big personality. And let's not forget Dakota Johnson, for those who fancy their dog as a Hollywood star. So, saddle up and name your dog Dakota!

Traits associated with the name Dakota:

Dogs named Dakota tend to be loving, affectionate, good-natured, and strong-willed. This name is also associated with companionship, and beauty.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Dakota?

Naming your dog Dakota suggests that you have an affinity for the outdoors and nature. It could also suggest that you have a strong connection to the American West, as Dakota is a name commonly associated with the region.

Is Dakota a good dog name?

Dakota has more syllables than most dog names, but you can easily give your pup a nickname to shorten things. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Dakota is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Dakota is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Dakota outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Dakota was, in the past month, the 91st most viewed dog name on PupNames.com.

As of May 2024, Dakota is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with PupNames.com visitors.

In the past week, Dakota was viewed 0 times, and liked 7 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Dakota's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Dakota is most adored in Maine, Washington and New Jersey.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Michigan, Arizona and Maryland.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Dakota.

Most popular breeds named Dakota:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Siberian Husky
  4. Golden Retriever
  5. Australian Shepherd

Dakota is found in these categories:

cute dog names

Evokes charming imagery of wild, playful North American prairies.

friendly dog names

The name means "ally" in Native American Sioux language.

nature dog names

Derived from a Native American tribe, it signifies wilderness and open plains.

Farm Dog Names

Named after a rural American state known for its vast farmlands.

hunting dog names

The name's association with ruggedness, outdoors, and the American Midwest, where hunting is popular.

flower dog names

This name is derived from a type of rose known as Rosa 'Dakota'.

Dog names like Dakota:

Leader, commander, governor of a province
Great One
A short fast race; to move quickly.
From The Passage Of The Danes
Inspired by Rocky Balboa.
Shade From Sun
Dakota dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (2)

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Dakota (Andalusia, Spain)
I have a Malinois dog and I named her Dakota because it suits her breed.
March 27, 2024 ◆ Translated

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Adrianna (Pennsylvania, United States)
I think of Dakota is a great name for a dog who is friendly and always on the go.
January 27, 2024

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