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

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's International Variations

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


Daybreak87 Says:


I had a classmate in elementary school named "Ulysses" and I thought it was cool.

CittyTK Says:


I am so in love with this name! I can't seem to think of a middle name that works perfect with it yet.

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beachbear Says:


Is it usually pronounced yoo-LISS-eez or yuh-LISS-ehs?

paulapuddephatt Says:


I do like the name, but not sure it's currently usable. I might be wrong, but it seems too "out there". As a middle name, it works.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I like this name!

Audrey328 Says:


I really love this name and hope to use it for a son someday!

caroblaise Says:


Just nit-picking here, but actually, it isn't Anna Gasteyer, it's Ana Gasteyer. Huge fan of her : )