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Waltham dog owners are mad about 'Max'

Posted by Leslie Anderson  September 2, 2009 09:44 AM

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When naming their dogs, Waltham residents don’t stray far from the pack. The two most popular licensed dog names – Max and Bailey – in Waltham are also the two most common nationwide.

There are 34 dogs named Max (or Maxamillian, Maxie, Maximus, Maxine and Maxwell) and 28 named Bailey or (Baley, Baylee and Bailey Murphy) in Waltham, according to records of 1,876 licensed dogs at the city clerk’s office.

The third most popular name is Molly with 20, followed by Jake with 18, Lucky with 17, Brandy with 15, Shadow with 14, Buddy with 13, Lucy with 13, and rounding up the top 10 are Sadie and Toby knotted up with 12.

Local sports teams – namely the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots – are well-represented.

There are three dogs named Fenway, a Pedroia, a Youkilis and a Youk, a Remy and don’t forget the mascot Wally.

For the Patriots, there are six dogs named Brady, a Tebucky and a possible Bruschi typo, Brschi.

Newton’s top canine is Lucy while Bailey is the most common dog name in Natick, Needham and Wellesley, and the most common overall with 174 Baileys counted in the five communities. Two Natick residents said they named their dogs Bailey after the Baileys Irish Cream liqueur beverage.

Lucy, at a count of 159, is the second most common name overall.

There are 2,707 dogs registered in Newton, 2,701 in Wellesley, 2,664 in Needham and 2,555 in Natick, according to records from each of the town clerk’s offices.

Bailey, Lucy, Max and are in the top 10 for all five communities and in the top 10 nationwide. Daisy and Maggie are also in the top 10 nationally and are in the top 10 in every town but Waltham.

The country’s most popular dog – and cat – name last year was Max, according to Calif.-based Veterinary Pet Insurance, which analyzed its database of more than 466,000 insured pets to find the most popular dog names of 2008.

Overall, the pet insurance company’s data indicates that classic pet names, such as Fido, have taken a back seat to "people names,” like Max.

In fact, some of the most popular dog names - Bella, Chloe, Sophie and Bailey - also rank among the Social Security Administration's most popular baby names.

South of Boston, the most popular dog names in Scituate and Hingham combined, also from a previous Globe story, are Sam (or Samantha, Sammy, and other variations), followed by Max, Lucy, Lily and Bailey.

Globe correspondent Ben Terris and staff reporter Matt Carroll contributed to this report.

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