"In 2010, I published on Renegade South a study of the naming of white male Mississippi children
during the period from 1861 through 1880, wondering if certain names
might provide evidence of Civil War or post-Civil War Unionist
sentiments. Hundreds of African-American sons born during this period
were given names reflective of the Union trinity of Abraham Lincoln,
Ulysses S. Grant, and William Tecumseh Sherman. As might be expected,
similar naming among white Mississippians was rare. My initial inquiry
produced a list of 54 persons.
After posting those results, I came across several more names, all
associated with Ulysses S. Grant. Why had these individuals been
missed? The answer lay in my failure to consider the many spelling
permutations possible for ‘Ulysses.’ Parents and census enumerators
proved highly inventive in rendering the name as Ulepes, Ulissus,
Euilas, etc. So..."
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