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Remember when holiday specials were really special–a much-anticipated, much-loved holiday event? When Christmas wasn’t Christmas without How the Grinch Stole Christmas and A Charlie Brown Christmas? Well, times may have changed, but the names from those mostly animated old shows still can evoke some nostalgic memories, and some newer ones are creating future memories of their own.

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By Abby Sandel, Appellation Mountain

Reality television has become a real influence in baby naming.

And why not?

Hollywood A-listers like Hugh Grant and Owen Wilson might hesitate to announce details of their new arrivals, but reality stars tend to be eager to share pictures, and, of course, baby names.

There’s no shortage of reality stars, either.

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There are certain names, like Merry and Christmas and Noel/Noelle, that scream to the world. “I’m a Yuletide baby!” One way around this, if you still want to acknowledge the season, is to pick names that are related but are also used all year round, to the extent that they’re found in the Top 500, given to babies born in July as well as December. Here are some examples—both religious and secular — that do relate to the holiday, but in a quieter voice, shown in the order of their current popularity:

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Canadian guest blogger and name book writer Shandley McMurray offers some advice on global baby names–picking a name that will travel well. (And those are her beautiful kids in the illustration.)

Growing up with a name like Shandley in Canada wasn’t always easy. I became tired of correcting people’s spelling and pronunciation of it, and, of course, I bemoaned the lack of personalized products like pens and rulers that adorned the desks of my more traditionally-named friends. Then, the world’s increasing reliance on email made things even more difficult, with online editors and others I hadn’t met in person often referring to me as Mr. rather than Ms. in their correspondence.

Now don’t get me wrong—I’ve always loved my name. I’m a loud and opinionated free spirit and a quieter name like Elizabeth or Ashley just wouldn’t have fit. My name set me apart and I took pride in the fact that my parents had invented such a unique name.  So when it came time to name my own children, I thought long and hard about my decision.

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Which unisex names are getting more feminine and which more masculine? And which are rising and falling for both sexes? Here, the ups and downs of the most popular unisex names:

UNISEX NAMES GETTING MORE FEMININE

ADDISON
ALEXIS
ARIEL
BAILEY
EMERSON
HARPER
JORDYN
LONDON
MARLEY
PAYTON
REAGAN
REESE
RILEY (though still strong for boys)
SKYLAR
TAYLOR
TEAGAN

UNISEX NAMES BECOMING MORE MALE

ANGEL
CAMERON
CHARLIE
DYLAN
HAYDEN (though the gender gap is narrowing)
JADEN, JAIDEN, JAYDEN
JAYLEN
JORDAN
MICAH
PARKER
PHOENIX
SAGE
ZION

UP FOR GIRLS AND DOWN FOR BOYS

ALEXIS
ALI
BAILEY
DEVON
FINLEY
HAYDEN
JUSTICE
KENDALL
LOGAN
QUINN
REAGAN
SAGE
TAYLOR

UP FOR BOYS AND DOWN FOR GIRLS

JAIDYN, JAYDEN
KENNEDY
PEYTON
ROWAN
SKYLER

UNISEX NAMES RISING FOR BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS

AVERY
CHARLIE
EDEN
EMERSON
EMERY
HARLEY
HARPER
JAYLEN
KAYDEN
LONDON
MARLEY
MICAH
PARKER
PAYTON
PHOENIX
RILEY
RORY
RYLEE
ZION

AND THOSE FALLING FOR BOTH SEXES

ANGEL
ARIEL
CAMERON
CASEY
DAKOTA
DYLAN
JADEN, JADYN
JAMIE
JORDAN
REESE
RYAN
SIDNEY
SKYLAR
TYLER

Check out which unisex names are truly equal!

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