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#1 Reynell

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

What do you think of this name for a boy?

I was at a kids sporting event yesterday and there were a group of 10 year old boys cheering on their team mate named this.

I like it!

#2 kiwi-girl

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:08 AM

Never heard it before, how do you say it?

#3 Reynell

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:11 AM

Kind of like Tol eh me

You can here it here: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=ptolemy

#4 Gudrun

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:12 AM

Aware of it being used.  Bit OTT for me.

#5 Gee gee

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:26 AM

Terrible. Ptolemy is such a key historical figure, it wouldn't be fair to burden a child with that.

#6 elmo_mum

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

bit like jaycen

#7 A-ZMum

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:36 AM

QUOTE (Gee gee @ 25/02/2013, 10:26 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Terrible. Ptolemy is such a key historical figure, it wouldn't be fair to burden a child with that.

LOL...just asked DH about it. He's a history teacher...he reckons it'd be similar to calling your child Megatron.

Edited by leftwrightout, 25 February 2013 - 09:39 AM.

#8 Feral timtam

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:37 AM

Nope, wouldn't even consider it. The name is big enough historically that a lot of people will associate it with the famous ancient by that name and I could see teenagers passing comment on a peer with that name because of it.

#9 Poss and Soss

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:40 AM

I'm not gutsy enough to use a name like that.

#10 la di dah

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:43 AM

I like it. My DH vetoed.

#11 Bam1

Posted 25 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

Considering its actually been used by a boy and that it hasn't stopped his teammates cheering him on, it clearly isn't a burden  for the right child.

I like it but its NMS.

#12 librablonde

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:38 AM

I hear Ptolemy and I think simultaneously of Cleopatra and then of Yule Brynner playing Ramses, clapping his hands saying "So it is written, so it shall be done!" Totally different and incorrect time periods of course wink.gif

#13 MumSyd

Posted 25 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

QUOTE (leftwrightout @ 25/02/2013, 10:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
LOL...just asked DH about it. He's a history teacher...he reckons it'd be similar to calling your child Megatron.

haha Megatron.  Classsic.

Just another perspective.  I've got one of those unusual names that people often find difficult to pronounce.  It's great to have a name that isn't so common but a bit of a bummer to spend your whole life trying to help people pronounce it.  I pretty much answer to anything that's in the ball park of being right these days. wink.gif

#14 ~swan~

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:09 AM


#15 Myrtle May Mary

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:20 AM

Nup from me. To me it's a bit try hard and screams 'look how smart and educated we are'  unsure.gif

Edited by Myrtle May Mary, 25 February 2013 - 11:21 AM.

#16 BlueUnicorn

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

I like it!   Probably wouldn't use it because of difficulty for others to pronounce and spell, but the name itself ( without considering historical connections) has a nice ring to it.

#17 Jax12

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

NMS at all.

#18 SisterMaryElephant

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:43 AM

It's way too over the top for my tastes.  And it's the surname of the historical figure, isn't it?  Not his first name.

Yep, just googled and Ptolemy's first name is Claudius, which I vastly prefer to Ptolemy.

#19 HappyWomble

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

I like it - teaching ancient history one person at a time! Snark aside, I actually DO like it!

#20 Feral_Pooks

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:53 AM


#21 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 25 February 2013 - 11:57 AM

Maybe it shows how unedumacated I am in history (what can I say, we did SOSE at school) but my immediate thought was Ptolemy Tortoise in Mr Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter and not either of the Ptolemys I just found on wikipedia.

NMS but it is probably more related to the fact that I tend not to like boys names ending in an eee sound - strange maybe, but I can only think of one exception to that rule, which is unisex and I prefer it for a girl.

#22 Mpjp is feral

Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:01 PM

QUOTE (leftwrightout @ 25/02/2013, 10:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
LOL...just asked DH about it. He's a history teacher...he reckons it'd be similar to calling your child Megatron.

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DS4 would LOVE to be called MEGATRON!!!!

#23 PurpleNess

Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

Nope..he'd always be spelling too, annoying!

#24 Sif

Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:12 PM

Ptolemy is nothing like Jaycen!

I like it, but then again I like a lot of ancient names. You could go all uneek and misspell it Tolemy, just to appease the ignorant masses...

#25 FeralProudSwahili

Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:23 PM

Ugh, it's horrid.

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