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Dog: Bailey

An English surname derived from the word "Bailiff," Bailey is now a favorite name for male or female dogs. Perhaps because a "bailey" is also a term for the outer walls of a castle, the name carries with it a hint of old-world charm: the rugged Scottish Highlands and those great halls hung with a coat-of-arms. Not surprisingly, the name is popular in England, Scotland and Wales.

But that historic grandeur is giving way to a modern spin on Bailey, and the name is now a stylish choice for miniatures such as the Norfolk or Toy Fox Terrier, in addition to elegant Airedales and family-favorite Collies and Setters. Bailey is also a great pick for gentle-natured Mixed Breeds, long or shorthair. For female dogs, try these fresh twists on the traditional spelling: Baylee or Bailie.