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Gender: M Origin of Ulysses: Latin variation of the Greek Odysseus Meaning of Odysseus: Greek mythology name, "wrathful"

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Ulysses is one of the few U boys' names anyone knows -- with heavy links to the Homeric hero, eighteenth president Grant (christened Hiram Ulysses), and the James Joyce novel -- all of which makes it both distinguished and kind of weighty for a modern boy.

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.

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Famous People Named Ulysses

Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States and Union Civil War general
Ulysses Gomez, Mexican/American mixed martial artist

Pop Culture References for the Name Ulysses

Percival 'Perry' Ulysses Cox - Dr. Cox on the sitcom Scrubs.
'Ulysses' - a song by the band Franz Ferdinand
Ulysses - Grecian commander in Shakespeare's play 'Troilus and Cressida'

Ulysses's International Variations

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