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How many ways can you spell one name?

February 14, 2006

How many ways can you spell one name?

The following list presents 87 different spellings for a single name — alluding to the difficulties posed not only for intercultural communication, but also for simply indentifying any Arabic name when spelled out in a different alphabet.

Maummar Gaddafi Moamar Al Kadafi Moamar al-Gaddafi
Moamar El Gaddafi Moamar el Gaddafi Moamar El Kadhafi
Moamar Gaddafi Moamar Gadhafi Moamer El Kazzafi
Moamer Gaddafi Moamer Kadhafi Moamma Gaddafi
Moammar el Gadhafi Moammar El Kadhafi Mo’ammar el-Gadhafi
Moammar Gaddafi Moammar Gadhafi Mo’ammar Gadhafi
Moammar Ghadafi Moammar Kadhafi Moammar Kazzafi
Moammar Khadaffy Moammar Khadafy Moammar Khaddafi
Moammar Qudhafi Moammer Gaddafi Momar Kadaffi
Mouammar Kadhafi Mouammer al Gaddafi Mu`amar al- Kad’afi
Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhafi Mu`ammar Qadhdhafi Mu’amar al-Kadafi
Muamar Al-Kaddafi Muamar Gaddafi Muamar Kaddafi
Muamer Gadafi Muammar al Gaddafi Muammar Al Ghaddafi
Muammar Al Qaddafi Muammar Al Qathafi Mu’ammar Al Qathafi
Muammar Al-Gathafi Muammar al-Khaddafi Mu’ammar al-Qadafi
Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi Muammar al-Qadhafi Mu’ammar al-Qadhdhafi
Muammar el Gaddafi Muammar el Gaddafy Muammar El Qaddafi
Muammar el Qaddafi Mu’Ammar El Qathafi Mu’Ammar el Qathafi
Muammar Gadaffi Muammar Gadafi Muammar Gadafy
Muammar Gaddafi Muammar Gaddhafi Muammar Gadhafi
Muammar Gathafi Muammar Ghadaffi Muammar Ghadafi
Muammar Ghaddafi Muammar Ghaddafy Muammar Gheddafi
Muammar Kaddafi Muammar Khaddafi Mu’ammar Qadafi
Muammar Qaddafi (preferred) Muammar Qadhafi Mu’ammar Qadhdhafi
Muammar Qadthafi Muammar Quathafi Muammer Gadaffi
Muammer Gaddafi Muhammar Gheddafi Mulazim Awwal Mu’ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi
Mummar Gaddafi Omar al Ghaddafi Omar Al Qathafi
Omar Mouammer Al Gaddafi Omar Muammar Al Ghaddafi Omar Muammar Al Qaddafi
Omar Muammar Al Qathafi Omar Muammar Gaddafi Omar Muammar Ghaddafi

The spellings have been reproduced from such sources as the name authority record at the U.S. Library of Congress, The New York Times and Associated Press Wire.