John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
I remember the day, some old-timer might say, when Ryan was a last name, not a first name.
Well, it turns out it wasn’t so very long ago.
Ryan was the top name for baby boys in Massachusetts in 2010, as it was in 2008 and 2009, according to the US Social Security Administration, which recently made its annual release of the top 100 names for both boys and girls. But the name Ryan doesn’t appear in the agency’s top 100 list until 1971, when it first appeared at No. 57.
The popularity began a steady climb, breaking into the teens around 1980 and then cracking the top 10 for the first time in 1985.
Other top names for boys, Benjamin, William, Jacob, Michael, Matthew, James, and Alexander.
The regal-sounding Isabella was the top baby name for girls. Sophia, Olivia, Ava, Emma, Abigail, Emily, and Ella, were among the other top names.
Click here to see the most popular names for Massachusetts and other states. The data goes back to 1960.
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