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Gender: Male Meaning of Ptolemy: "aggressive, warlike" Origin of Ptolemy: Greek

The name Ptolemy is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "aggressive, warlike". Ptolemy and is often added to lists like Hipster British Baby Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Pronounced "TAHL-a-mee," this was the name of one of Alexander the Great's generals and several Greco-Egyptian rulers, as well as the name of a famous Greek astronomer. Actress Gretchen Mol brought it into modern times when she chose it for her baby.

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Famous People Named Ptolemy

Saint Ptolemy, a Roman martyred with St. Lucius
Saint Ptolemy, Martyred Bishop
Ptolemy I-XIV, Pharaohs of Egypt
Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar aka Caesarion, last pharaoh of Egypt; son of Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt and Julius Caesar
Ptolemy Philadelphos, King of Syria; son of Cleopatra and Triumvir Marc Antony
(Claudius) Ptolemy, Greco-Roman scholar
Ptolemy, King of Mauretania
Ptolemy Tompkins, American writer
Ptolemy Dean, English architect and TV presenter
Ptolemy John Williams (b. 2007), son of Gretchen Mol & Kip Williams

Pop Culture References for the name Ptolemy

Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise, from The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter
Ptolemy, wizard, Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone


brittanyanitarose Says:


The Italian spelling might seem more usable to some. Tolomei

Azi*Cwater Says:


Nickname Ptom with a silent P anyone?

JossieChris Says:


Gorgeous name and strong meaning. Needs an alternative spelling. I like nn Lemy. This pairs nicely with any last name. Cute for a child and sexy for a grown man.

Marlz81 Says:


I love this name

eveyalecia Says:


I've actually always had a soft spot for this name... though I don't consider it very usable today.