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Gretchen Mol Explains Baby Name Choice

10/08/2008 at 11:30 AM ET
Bauer Griffin

In a Tuesday appearance on The View, Gretchen Mol made light of her decision — together with husband Kip Williams — to name their 12 ½-month-old son Ptolemy John. "My husband is pretentious and so am I," Gretchen joked. In all actuality, the name was one that Kip had been a fan of since childhood when he went to school with a ‘Ptolemy,’ and Gretchen says she "always really liked" the moniker as well. The 35-year-old actress says that even if her son has difficulty with his name while he’s young, he’ll hopefully change his mind as he gets older — as she did. 

"Growing up Gretchen was kind of a tough name to have, but I love it now so I think he’ll be okay."

Ptolemy is the first child for Gretchen and Kip, who married in 2004. Her new show Life on Mars premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. on ABC.

Source: The View

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kaya on

aww, he’s gorgeous!
I like the name(s)!

Brandi on

I was wondering about their inspiration! Nice of her to explain.

lorenawoods on

Could somebody please tell me how this name is pronounced? I have no clue!

Liv on

Loren- I’m pretty sure it’s pronounced tole-uh-me wtih the p being silent.

I really love the name!

SouthernBelle on

Claudius Ptolemaeus (English derivative, Ptolemy) was an ancient Hellenistic mathematician, geographer, astronomer and astrologer. Ptolemy is pronounce TAH-luh-me, not TOE-luh-me.

SouthernBelle on

Claudius Ptolemaeus (English derivative, Ptolemy) was an ancient Hellenistic mathematician, geographer, astronomer and astrologer. Ptolemy is pronounce TAH-luh-me, not TOE-luh-me.

SouthernBelle on

Claudius Ptolemaeus (English derivative: Ptolemy) was an ancient Hellenistic mathematician, geographer, astronomer and astrologer. Ptolemy is pronounced TAH-luh-me not TOE-luh-me.

Christine on

Tolla-me.
I like it now after hearing her say it a few times.

Jamie on

Aww!! How adorable! Little blondie! The name is cool, it’s different. I like it!

gia on

i am a huge fan of odd names, but this one i do not like…it has a lot against it for a little kid, the spelling, the pronunciation, then the actual name…its just too much.

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