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What does Odysseus mean?

Odysseus [odys-seus] as a boys' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Odysseus is "angry man".

The derivation of this name is uncertain. Possibly linked to the Greek term "dys" meaning "to hate", or also possibly "leg wound". In Homer's epic poems "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey", Odysseus was known for his eloquence and his talent for playing tricks. The Latin version of the name, Ulysses, is better known in America due to the fame of President Ulysses S. Grant.

Associated with: greek, epic (mythology), fame.


Odysseus has 1 variant: Odysse.

Odysseus has 2 feminine forms: Dessa and Odessa.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Odysis, Odysos, ..

(female) Odysor, Odysta, ..

How popular is Odysseus?

Odysseus is a rare first name for men. Odysseus is a unique last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is a comparison of the history of Odysseus and related names. Ulysses (#1109 from current records) is the only popular varying form of Odysseus (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of this relation of Odysseus was widespread among parents during the years 1890-1899 (#325) and is now much less. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ulysses in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Odysseus and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Cassius, Olympus, Orestes, Orpheus, Perseus and Theseus. Like Odysseus, these names are not frequently used.