Omar Vs. Umar?

In short, is there a “right” way to spell the name? I’ve seen three spellings of it, Omar, Umar, and Oumar. I’ve chosen to use the Omar spelling. Why are there different ways of spelling it?


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4 Responses to Omar Vs. Umar?

  1. Linda Jitmoud says:

    My second son’s name is Umar and my husband insisted we spell it with a U because he said it was more phonetically correct. But Omar, with an O, is the more popular spelling. I don’t really think it makes much of a difference.

  2. Umm Mahmoud says:

    There isn’t any one “right” way to spell Arabic words in English. Academics and translators of scholarly works will use a systematic and consistent approach to transliteration (of which there are several, some involving dots under letters and so on).
    From the spellings you list, I would say Omar is the usual popular non-academic spelling, Umar (or ‘Umar, preceded with an apostrophe to represent the lettter ‘ayn) is the academic systematic spelling, and Oumar looks like the French spelling as opposed to English.
    Beyond the ivory towers, it’s pretty much a free-for-all and it is possible to drive around a city in the Arab world and see at least three different spellings in English for the same place!
    Thank you for this opportunity to be an utter nerd 🙂

  3. omer says:

    my name is omer and i don’t know whether it is correct or not

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