Dakota, meaning “friend,” is a great name for girl dogs who are eager to please. Find out more about dogs named Dakota.


Name: Dakota

Meaning: Dakota was the name of a Native American tribe whose descendants still live in the Dakotas and surrounding states today. The word Dakota can also mean “friend” or “ally.”

Personality: Eager to Please

About This Name: Some well-known Dakotas include American actress Dakota Fanning, jazz singer Dakota Staton and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dakota Prescott. A movie called Dakota released in 1988 featured the star Lou Diamond Phillips.

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