Latin variation of the Greek Odysseus

Ulysses Origin and Meaning

The name Ulysses is a boy's name of Latin origin.

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.

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Ulysses Rank in US Top 1000

# 601 on Nameberry

Ulysses Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ulysses Popularity

Famous People Named Ulysses

  • (Hiram) Ulysses (Simpson) Grant18th US president and Civil War general
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant IIIU.S. Major General; grandson of the President
  • Ulysses Simpson Grant Sharp Jr.U.S. Navy admiral
  • Ulysses GomezMexican,American mixed martial artist
  • Ulysses "Crazy Legs" CurtisAmerican CFL football player
  • Ulysses DavisAmerican silent film director
  • Ulysses Sigel WebbAmerican politician from California
  • Ulysses GuimarãesBrazilian politician and lawyer who played an important role in opposing the military dictatorship in Brazil and in the fight to restore democracy in the country

Ulysses in Pop Culture

  • UlyssesRoman name for Odysseus, Greek hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • "Ulysses" novel by James Joyce
  • UlyssesGrecian commander in Shakespeare's play "Troilus and Cressida"
  • Ulyssessquirrel in "Flora & Ulysses" by Kate DiCamillo
  • Ulyssescharacter in video game "Fallout: New Vegas , Lonesome Road"
  • Ulysses Klaue aka Klawcharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Ronald Ulysses Swansoncharacter on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
  • Percival Ulysses "Perry" Coxcharacter on TV's "Scrubs"
  • "Ulysses" song by the band Franz Ferdinand