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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ulysses

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  1. (Roman mythology) Roman spelling for Odysseus
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From Latin Ulyssēs, a frequent error for Ulixēs (“Odysseus”), influenced by the Ancient Greek Ὀδυσσεύς (Odusseús).

  1. (Roman mythology) Latin name form of Odysseus

Ulysses was also found in the following language(s): Latin and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Ulysses

Ulysses S. Grant was an 18th President of the United States, and 6th Commanding General of the United States Army. His military service ended in 1854. Ulysses was born on April 27th, 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio. He breathed his last breath on July 23rd, 1885.

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Ulysses S. Grant III is a military person. His military service ended in 1946.

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Ulysses S. Grant IV was a scientist in the fields of geology and paleontology. Ulysses was born on May 23rd, 1893 in North Salem, New York. He left this life on March 11th, 1977.

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Ulysses Bloodstone is a comics character.

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Ulysses was born on October 6th, 1916 in Itirapina. He died on October 12th, 1992.

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Ukee was given the name Ulysses Samuel Washington III on August 20th, 1958.

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How popular is the baby name Ulysses in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 29 0 29
1881 18 0 18
1882 15 0 15
1883 14 0 14
1884 23 0 23
1885 33 0 33
1886 38 0 38
1887 27 0 27
1888 25 0 25
1889 19 0 19
1890 32 0 32
1891 34 0 34
1892 27 0 27
1893 36 0 36
1894 34 0 34
1895 43 0 43
1896 32 0 32
1897 25 0 25
1898 33 0 33
1899 14 0 14
1900 34 0 34
1901 25 0 25
1902 21 0 21
1903 21 0 21
1904 29 0 29
1905 25 0 25
1906 32 0 32
1907 38 0 38
1908 33 0 33
1909 36 0 36
1910 43 0 43
1911 51 0 51
1912 75 0 75
1913 99 0 99
1914 111 0 111
1915 133 0 133
1916 160 0 160
1917 159 0 159
1918 187 0 187
1919 164 0 164
1920 190 0 190
1921 204 5 199
1922 194 0 194
1923 201 0 201
1924 177 0 177
1925 192 0 192
1926 173 0 173
1927 180 0 180
1928 175 0 175
1929 158 0 158
1930 148 0 148
1931 147 0 147
1932 160 0 160
1933 147 5 142
1934 143 0 143
1935 171 0 171
1936 120 0 120
1937 122 0 122
1938 153 0 153
1939 144 0 144
1940 154 0 154
1941 138 0 138
1942 145 0 145
1943 155 0 155
1944 156 0 156
1945 114 0 114
1946 158 0 158
1947 168 0 168
1948 196 0 196
1949 174 0 174
1950 167 0 167
1951 178 0 178
1952 185 0 185
1953 163 0 163
1954 172 0 172
1955 163 0 163
1956 165 0 165
1957 163 0 163
1958 153 0 153
1959 142 0 142
1960 150 0 150
1961 150 0 150
1962 137 5 132
1963 127 0 127
1964 123 0 123
1965 110 0 110
1966 106 0 106
1967 144 0 144
1968 115 0 115
1969 125 0 125
1970 110 0 110
1971 117 0 117
1972 104 0 104
1973 108 0 108
1974 97 0 97
1975 108 0 108
1976 114 0 114
1977 96 0 96
1978 124 0 124
1979 122 0 122
1980 121 0 121
1981 123 0 123
1982 105 0 105
1983 103 0 103
1984 110 0 110
1985 124 0 124
1986 143 5 138
1987 170 0 170
1988 179 0 179
1989 177 0 177
1990 184 0 184
1991 164 5 159
1992 151 0 151
1993 146 0 146
1994 139 0 139
1995 140 0 140
1996 178 0 178
1997 155 0 155
1998 214 0 214
1999 272 0 272
2000 216 0 216
2001 226 0 226
2002 208 0 208
2003 145 0 145
2004 155 0 155
2005 177 0 177
2006 178 0 178
2007 191 0 191
2008 191 0 191
2009 195 0 195
2010 183 0 183
2011 179 0 179
2012 167 0 167
2013 165 0 165
2014 173 0 173
2015 181 0 181
2016 143 0 143
2017 156 0 156

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Popularity of Ulysses as a first name

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Popularity of Ulysses as a last name

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Common last names for Ulysses

  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Grant
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Robinson
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • Taylor
  • Green
  • Allen
  • Miller
  • Young
  • Wilson

Fun Facts about the name Ulysses

  • How Popular is the name Ulysses? Ulysses is the 1,817th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Ulysses have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,249 babies born with the first name Ulysses in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ulysses to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ulysses? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 29 new born babies.
  • When was Ulysses first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ulysses is Tuesday, January 29th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Ulysses born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ulysses was in 1999 with a total of 272 babies.
  • Random Ulysses Factoid: According to the 1989 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ulysses is not a popular baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1989.
  • Weird things about the name Ulysses: Your name in reverse order is Sessylu. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esyslsu. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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