For the 4th straight year, Lucy is the most popular name among licensed dogs in Wellesley, followed by Bella, Tucker (one of whom is shown here), Teddy and Molly. Depending upon how liberal you are about the spellings of these names, the numbers could be counted as even higher for some (for example: Lucy, Lucie and Lucy Anne). Charlie is the only new name on the top 10 list (with a tie with Rosie for 10th).
Last year’s list is here and the entire 2013 list is at the bottom of this post).
Various themes also emerged among dog names in town: Star Wars (Chewy, Obi, Yoda); food (Blueberry, Cupcake, Cabbage, Jelly Bean, Popcorn); political (Romney, Bella Wong [ex-school superintendent]); and oh-so-Swellesley-sounding names (Barkley, Bentley, Hennessey, Mr. Bingley, etc.).
Among the more fun or unusual names: Disco Dan, Expat, Fonzi, Google, Hemmingway, Mr. Jiggles, Peekaboo, Rags, Reckless, Scoobie Dodle, Tinkerbell and Zamboni).
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First on the list alphabetically: Abbey. Last: Zuzu.
Some 2,900 dogs are now licensed in Wellesley, up from the high 2,700s last year. And Town Clerk Kathy Nagle reports more multiple dog families as well.
Top Wellesley dog names by # of licenses:
Bailey and Daisy (28)
Lilly (27… though up to 37 if you count different spellings)
Charlie and Rosie (21)
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