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Gender: M Origin of Ulysses: Latin variation of the Greek Odysseus

Ulysses is one of the few U boys' names anyone knows -- with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant, and the James Joyce novel -- all of which makes it both distinguished and kind of weighty for a modern boy. Ulysses was on the US popularity list well into the twenty-first century; it's off now, but Number 684 on Nameberry.

Former SNLer Anna Gasteyer made this bold choice for her son, perhaps inspiring others to follow her lead. George Clooney's character name in the Coen brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? is Ulysses.

Trivia tidbit: The presidential bearer was christened Hiram Ulysses Grant, but reputedly was all too happy when his first two names were reversed at West Point, as he had always been embarrassed by having the initials HUG.

Famous People Named Ulysses

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US president and Civil War general
Ulysses Gomez, Mexican-American mixed martial artist

Pop Culture References for the name Ulysses

"Ulysses," Irish author James Joyce's most famous novel
Ronald Ulysses Swanson, character on the TV show "Parks and Recreation"
Percival "Perry" Ulysses Cox, Dr. Cox on the sitcom "Scrubs"
"Ulysses," song by the band Franz Ferdinand
Ulysses, Grecian commander in Shakespeare's play "Troilus and Cressida"
Ulysses, squirrel in "Flora & Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo
Ulysses, character in video game "Fallout: New Vegas - Lonesome Road"

Ulysses's International Variations

Ulises (Spanish) Ulysse, Ulisses (French) Ulisse (Italian) Ulesi, Uleki (Hawaiian)