Ulysses Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Ulysses:
Latin form of the Greek Odysseus. The name is borne in mythology by the hero of the Odyssey.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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James Joyce’s famous novel Ulysses chronicles the passage of Leopold Bloom through Dublin during an ordinary day in 1904. The title parallels and alludes to Odysseus (Latinised into Ulysses), the hero of Homer's Odyssey (e.g., the correspondences between Leopold Bloom and Odysseus, Molly Bloom and Penelope, and Stephen Dedalus and Telemachus).
Odysseus (the Greek form of the name) or Ulysses (Latin form) was in Greek mythology a legendary king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem, the Odyssey. Odysseus also plays a key role in Homer's Iliad and other works in the Epic Cycle.
King of Ithaca, husband of Penelope, father of Telemachus, and son of Laërtes and Anticlea, Odysseus is renowned for his guile and resourcefulness, and is hence known by the epithet Odysseus the Cunning. He is most famous for the ten eventful years he took to return home after the ten-year Trojan War and his famous Trojan horse trick.
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This was my great-grandfather's name. He was great with animals - we even have a photo of him where a wild bird alit on his head in the garden.
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Ully, Uly, Ulee, Lys
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Ulysses S. Grant - 18th President of the United States
Ulysses Dove - American dancer
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"Ulysses", a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson.
"Ulysses", a novel by James Joyce.
"Tales of Brave Ulysses", a song performed by Cream.
"HMS Ulysses," novel by Alistair MacLean.
"Ulysses' Gaze," a film directed by Theo Angelopoulos.
"Ulee's Gold" an independent film starring Peter Fonda.
"Ulysses", a song by Franz Ferdinand
Ulysses is the middle name of Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation and Perry Cox on Scrubs.