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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Angry or Wrathful

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ulysses

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ulysses in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Ulysses:

  • Records indicate that 14,804 boys in the United States have been named Ulysses since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1999, when 272 people in the U.S. were given the name Ulysses. Those people are now 21 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ulysses

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      18 Positive Comments

  • "My first son's name was Saul and my next son's name was Claude so I'm pretty sure no one is going to stop me from naming my 3rd son Ulysses." Nov. 27, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm from Turkey, so there is not much of a chance for me to get away with naming my child as great of a name like Ulysses but I'd like to chip in my two cents, who cares about the initial bullying I was teased for my surname for my entire life, it's no big deal, that's an awesome name." Jan. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband has the Spanish version spelled "Ulises" his usual nickname is Uli. We want to name our expectant son with Ulises as a middle name but I'm having a hard time finding a first name that I really like that goes well. Besides that, I love his name and it suits him well." Sep. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "LOVE this name and regret not using it on either of my boys due to peer pressure." Sep. 10, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I definitely want to name my baby Ulysses, if it's a boy. After Ulysses from Homer's Odyssey, not Mr. Grant hahah." Sep. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ulysses and have been called useless many tines by kids that jokeling still call me that some times. I take it all in stride and have a good laugh about it. I go by a nickname most of the time, but still enjoy hearing (Ulysses) when being addressed. Yes Ulysses is a great name so carry it with pride" Dec. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this nname and plan on nameing my first child should it be a boy this after reading the book the girls he adored by jonathan nasaw it is an amazeing name and unique." Aug. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant and my partner and I have decided on Ulysses as a boys name for our baby. His fathers name is Ulysses and I think it is a very strong name to have and unique but masculine. Sherina (Sydny, Australia)" Apr. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after my grandfather, who changed the original spelling from Ulyess to Uless. His name was supposedly drawn from Ulysses S. Grant. He used to get mail addressed to Useless on occasion." Jan. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was my grand father's name,and,due in no small part to the eccentricities of rural African Americans he was given the opportunity to pick it himself.... go figure. I recently made it his great grandson's middle name: Andrew Ulysses Brown. wrathful warrior, neat huh?! However it's always been pronounced U-La-sees in our family." Nov. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a Unique name, most of the time people usually pronounce it wrong. The right way to say it is "U ly sse s" but in my name there's no s at the end this is the European way to write it. Same origin Greek." Sep. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nephew is named Ulysses..& we live in HK so most people would not even know how to begin to say his name let alone pronouncing it right" Aug. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ulysses is my dear son. he is often called "useless" this usually happens with little kids, when they can't really pronounce his name. Every one laughs. oh well. is not a big deal is just curious. I love this name. And when someone asks him what his name is, he always answers my name is Ulysses, im in the $50.00 dollar bill" ..." Apr. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name! I have loved it ever since I was in high school lit and my fantastic teacher read the last few lines of the poem "Ulysses". To strive, To seek, To find And not to yield. It has always held a tone with me. I think it is a powerful name and even though it means wrathful it is still good. Wrathful can be interpreted in several ways and means next to nothing without context. Ulysses is a great name." Mar. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "While Ulysses is not a name heard often, I am surprised at how many people (in the U.S.)have never heard of it given the fact that Homer's Odyssey (in which Ulysses is the hero) is required reading for 9th graders, not to mention they had a president and Civil War hero in Ulysses S. Grant, who also happens to be featured on the $50 dollar bill. Come think of it, I am not so surprised as Americans are notorious for their lack of culture when it comes to Geography and World History, or their own history for that matter. At any rate, I think this is a cool name, especially if you know its history." Mar. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2nd son is a 3rd generation Ulysses after his father who is named after his father. It is usually mispronounced, but he handles it well. He's only 7 years old, but he owns his name and humbly corrects people. My mom would always tell me, "Your name is the most important thing about you." His name means wrathful or angry, and I teach him to be angry with injustice and wicked behaviors. Your child's name means whatever you instill in them as their worth to the world. Thank you, Mississippi Mother" Dec. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always get it wrong. I can't understand how. It seems so easy to say. I think my name rocks!" Sep. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "never met anybody else with my name.people often spell it wrong or say it wrong." Jan. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      5 Neutral Comments

  • "I love the name ulysses and I think that people are looking at it in a bad way now with all the racial dynamics involved I for one will be naming my child ulysses s.grant brenner and if I have a girl I think I will name her alyssyus these are names u don't hear that offten and I am pregnant now so wish me luck.." Aug. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I bow down humbly in the prsecene of such greatness." Jul. 23, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Melissa and I want to name a son Ulysses and call him Lissy. Melissa has many nicknames is Lissy is one of them." May. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "WHAT A HORRIBLE NAME TO NAME A CHILD! YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!" Nov. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ulysses as in the alternate name of Odysseus from Homer's Odyssey? That's so weird." Sep. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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