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Ulises

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Quick Facts on Ulises

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 806
Pronunciation:
oo-LEE-ses
Simple meaning:
Hateful, wrathful

Characteristics of Ulises

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ulises

Ulises is the Spanish version of Ulysses. Ulysses, in turn, is the Latin form of the Greek Odysseus, the mythological hero central to Homer’s epic poem the “Odyssey” (written in the 8th century B.C.). The Odyssey tells the story of Odysseus’ ten year journey back to his kingdom in Ithaca, Greece after the Trojan War. In Roman mythology, the name Ulysses (Latin form) is used for Odysseus (Greek form). There is some debate as to the meaning of Odysseus. The most common school of thought among etymologists is that Odysseus is derived from the Greek verb “odyssesthai” meaning “to hate” (such as, the one who is wrathful/hated, perhaps in reference to Odysses’ shrewdness, strength and vigor during the ten-year Trojan War and the ten-year period following his Odyssey back to Ithaca). The ancient Etruscan (Italian) tribe adopted the Greek story and the name Odysseus eventually morphed into Ulixes and finally Ulysses in Latin (and later Ulises in Spanish). In Greek tradition, Odysseus/Ulysses was admired for his shrewdness, trickery and deception, but for the Romans, who were obsessed with ideals of honor; these qualities didn’t sit so well. Still, Odysseus/Ulysses was a brave and tenacious warrior on the side of the Greeks. It was Odysseus who brilliantly devised the wooden horse strategy to get inside the gates of Troy and finally defeat the Trojans and win the war (Homer’s “Iliad”). However, it’s the “Odyssey” which more fully develops the character of Odysseus during his ten year journey to return back to Ithaca and to his wife Penelope and their son Telemachus. For more detail on all the challenging and often perilous adventures experienced by Odysseus/Ulysses according to Greek tradition, see literary references below. Roman poet Virgil wrote the “Aeneid” in the first century B.C. to detail the arrival of the Trojan hero Aeneus in Italy following the end of the Trojan War and the sack of Troy (Aeneus is the legendary ancestor of the Romans according to Virgil). Ulysses also appears in this Latin literary masterpiece, but unlike the Greeks who glorified their heroic Odysseus, Virgil portrayed Ulysses as a “wrathful”, self-indulgent and sinister Greek. According to tradition, Ulysses is also considered the founder of Lisbon, Portugal.

Popularity of the Name Ulises

The Spanish masculine name Ulises first sailed onto the American naming charts in 1985 but did not fully stick firm until the 1990s. Although Ulises has not been a particular favorite among Hispanic-Americans, the name has nonetheless increased in usage as the Spanish-speaking population in the United States as grown. This off-beat, unique Spanish name has managed to reach levels of mild moderation. It’s nice to know that those of Spanish descent in America are embracing this ancient Greek hero. The traditional English spelling Ulysses (from the Latin) fell off the male naming charts in 2005, which means it’s now used so rarely that it’s no longer ranked. We hope people aren’t turned off by the “hateful, wrathful” etymology of the name (which, by the way, remains debatable). It feels more closely tied to the strength, tenacity and cunning of the ancient Greek hero which absolves the name of such pessimistic meaning. Ulysses/Ulises are both highly neglected and underused names in our opinion. A super cool choice for any baby boy. Not to mention Ulysses S. Grant was a major figure in American history. Ulee is also a cute, upbeat and friendly nickname.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ulises
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ulises

  • Popular Songs on Ulises

    Popular Songs on Ulises

    Ulises - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Ulises.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ulises

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ulises

    La fortuna de Ulises (Juan Farias) - Descubre el placer de la lectura con El duende verde: una colección pensada especialmente para ti. Edad recomendada para este libro: A partir de 14 años.

    Las aventuras de Ulises (Giovanni Nucci) - Como se puede conseguir que todos los ninos conozcan un gran clasico como la Odisea? Giovanni Nucci y Chiara Carrer lo logran de forma magistral. Es esta la historia de Ulises, un personaje conocidisimo. Es la historia del amor de Ulises y Penelope, del rapto de Helena, de la guerra de Troya, del famoso caballo, de Polifemo, de la maga Circe, de Nausicaa, de la larga espera de Penelope, que tejia y tejia, del perro Argo, el unico que reconoce a Ulises, su amo, de la competicion entre los pretendientes de Penelope, y de como, despues de tan largo viaje, Ulises pudo por fin descansar en las costas de itaca, con la mirada perdida en el mar color vino. Es esta una version genial del gran poema homerico, ilustrada con moderna delicadeza por Chiara Carrer. Recomended for ages 9-12.

    Las Aventuras de Ulises (Neil Philip) - Spanish version. Los jóvenes lectores se deleitarán con los numerosos obstáculos que Ulises debe superar en su viaje a casa desde la toma de Troya y el posterior encuentro con Penélope. Pasando de los soñadores y los cíclopes a la sirenas y los pretendientes en Itaca, esta historia de Ulises cobra vida en esta vivaz interpretación acompañada de minuciosas y brillantes ilustraciones.Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Ulises (James Joyce) - Spanish edition. Ulises es una novela del escritor irlandés James Joyce (1882 – 1941), reconocido mundialmente como uno de los más importantes e influyentes del siglo XX. Joyce ha sido siempre aclamado por su obra maestra, Ulises. La obra fue publicada en 1922 con el título original en inglés de Ulysses. Su título proviene del protagonista de la versión latina de La Odisea de Homero, originalmente llamado en griego Odiseo. Es considerada por gran parte de la crítica mundial como la mejor novela en lengua inglesa del siglo XX y la más influyente, discutida y renombrada del siglo XX porque el libro ha sido objeto de numerosos y profundos estudios, críticas y con-troversias. Las claves para la comprensión de esta novela son su simbolismo épico, basado en La Odisea de Homero, y también su atmósferanaturalista, fiel reflejo de la ciudad de Dublín. Recommended for mature young adults. Difficult reading.

    Ulises y Hércules (Pablo Prestiffilippo) - Ulises no consigue conciliar el sueño, y decide ir por un vaso de agua. Lo que no imagina es que un gigante de un solo ojo acecha en la cocina. Suerte que junto a Hércules, su inseparable perro, podrá vencer a cualquier monstruo con el que tropiecen en su camino. "Ulises y Hércules" anima los mas pequeños afrontar sus miedos con fantasia y humor. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Ulises

    Famous People Named Ulises

    Famous People Named Ulises - Ulises de la Cruz (Ecuadorian soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ulises

    Children of Famous People Named Ulises

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ulises - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ulises.

  • Historic Figures

    Ulises - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ulysses S. Grant (27 Apr 1822 – 23 Jul 1885) - If there was such a thing as paparazzi in 1869, then Grant would have been their star celebrity. Seriously, this man was the most popular person in America (well, at least in the North). Elected at the age of 46, Ulysses S. Grant was then the youngest President to achieve office at the time (he served between 1869 and 1877). Although he did not receive the White majority vote, it was the voting freed Blacks who helped put him into office (12% of the popular vote). As General of the Army, Grant played one of the most dominant roles in the Civil War (after Lincoln, of course) and was the ultimate war hero. Fiercely loyal, this military man was also known to be shy, humble and modest. His presidency was marked by ongoing problems with Reconstruction. The North wanted to punish the South and the South wanted to punish the Blacks. He had naive faith in his subordinates, but this was politics after all and not war. Scandals and corruption ruled over his commands. Known as the "well-intentioned" president, most of his efforts failed. But he was for equality and he did a lot to protect Black people in the south. Ulysses is actually the Latin equivalent of the Greek Odysseus (the mythological hero of Homer's Odyssey) meaning "the one who is wrathful or hated". But here's a little known fact for you: Grant's birth name was actually Hiram Ulysses Grant (Hiram is from the Hebrew meaning "exalted brother"). So where does the middle initial S come from? Grant's mother's maiden name was Simpson, so by adopting Ulysses as his first name and Simpson as his middle name, he effectively gave himself the initials U.S.

Personality of the Boy Name Ulises

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ulises

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