Name: Ulysses

Origin and Meaning of the Name Ulysses

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    (yoo LISS eez)
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    Ulysses is the Latinized version of Odysseus.

    18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, went by this name. At birth. his name was Hiram Ulysses Grant (Ulysses being chosen in homage to the mythological hero) and the prospect of entering West Point Military Academy with the initials "HUG" embarrassed him, he began using the name Ulysses H. Grant until he discovered that he was erroneously enrolled as Ulysses Simpson Grant. He adopted this name and was from that point forward known as U.S. or "Uncle Sam" Grant.

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