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

The name Ulysses is a boy's name of Latin origin. Ulysses and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Ulysses

(Hiram) Ulysses (Simpson) Grant, 18th US president and Civil War general
Ulysses Simpson Grant III, U.S. Major General; grandson of the President
Ulysses Simpson Grant Sharp Jr., U.S. Navy admiral
Ulysses Gomez, Mexican-American mixed martial artist
Ulysses "Crazy Legs" Curtis, American CFL football player
Ulysses Davis, American silent film director
Ulysses Sigel Webb, American politician from California
Ulysses Guimarães, Brazilian 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

Pop Culture References for the name Ulysses

Ulysses, Roman name for Odysseus, Greek hero of the Iliad and the Odyssey
"Ulysses," novel by James Joyce
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 Klaue aka Klaw, character in Marvel Comics
Ronald Ulysses Swanson, character on TV's "Parks and Recreation"
Percival Ulysses "Perry" Cox, character on TV's "Scrubs"
"Ulysses," song by the band Franz Ferdinand

Ulysses's International Variations

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


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 : )