If you’re not a stickler on spelling, then Lilly/Lily/Lilli is the most popular dog name in Wellesley for 2014/2015 with 37 dogs in town going by some variation of that name, according to town license records of 2,986 dogs registered.
Lilly (etc.) also ranked #1 last year, when it took the title from Lucy among 2,936 dogs registered.
Rounding out the rest of the top 10: Bella (36), Lucy/Lucie (35), Bailey (31), Charlie/Charly/Charli/Charley (31), Teddy/Tedy (31), Tucker (28), Molly (27), Cooper (26) and Maggie (25).
Other popular names: Max/Maxwell, Coco/Cocoa, Daisey, Riley, Rosie, Oliver, Gracie, Lola, Cody, Piper, Sadie, Lucky, Buddy, Chloe and Ginger. Sporty names like Brady (13) and Fenway (9) are also hot.
Among the one-of-a-kind dog names in Wellesley: Bee, Bebox, Chisel, Dazzle, Hercules and Jelly Bean (see full list below).
Labrador retrievers are once again the most popular breed in town, with 471 licensed. That’s about 1 in 6 licensed dogs in Wellesley. Rare are Bolognese, Bouvier des Flandres and Bullmastiff, of which there is only one each in town.
All dogs in Wellesley over 6 months old must be licensed, with licenses needing to be renewed by April 1 each year. More info on Wellesley dog licenses.