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The regular use of Omar as a given name in North America undoubtedly is because of the fame of the Persian poet Omar Khayyam. His "Rubaiyat" has been widely read in English translation for hundreds of years. In modern times his first name is often written as Umar, as it is on this site, but during the 19th and early 20th centuries he was almost invariably referred to as "Omar" in the USA.
clevelandkentevans  9/15/2006
Omar is a name sometimes used in the United States, it's also the name of the quaterback that was cut from the Steelers.
letsgopens  5/19/2007
Also, there was a Libyan Resistance leader against the Fascists named Omar Muktar. About him here:
Interesting movie about him too.
Tarragon  8/20/2009
This name sounds hot! Admit it.
SandSea  10/3/2009
This is the name of one of Osama Bin Laden's sons. He runs his own scrap metal business in Jeddah, and is married to an Englishwoman 24 years older than him.
SandSea  1/21/2010
I remember watching a TV show where a psychopathic murderer bore this name. Now I will always have bad associations with this name.
Dawson  12/20/2010
A name that is commonly used in Latin America and the Hispanic communities of the United States.
keepitreal  1/22/2011
Omar Sharif (born Michael Demetri Shalhoub in 1932) is an Egyptian actor who has starred in Hollywood films, most famously in Doctor Zhivago, Funny Girl and Lawrence of Arabia. He has been nominated for an Academy Award and has won three Golden Globe Awards. Omar El-Sharif is the name he chose when he converted to Islam.
keepitreal  1/22/2011
Omar Bravo (b. 1980) is an international Mexican footballer who currently plays for Sporting Kansas City.
keepitreal  1/22/2011
Omar Epps is an actor known for his role in TV show House MD, where he plays Dr. Eric Foreman.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2011
Omar is also a cream caramel by a Finnish candy company Fazer.
Erme Ioainna  4/14/2013
The name Omar is also commonly used in Georgia. And I mean, commonly used by native Georgians - not just by Arab immigrants.

In Georgian, Omar is written as: ომარ.

A known bearer of this name was the Georgian sprint cyclist Omar Pkhakadze (1944-1993), who competed for the Soviet Union at the Summer Olympics of 1964, 1968 and 1972.
Lucille  6/16/2013
Omar Little was a character on "The Wire" who robbed drug dealers.
Marauder  8/30/2014
The name Omar is such a handsome, beautiful, classic Arabic name. :)
― Anonymous User  5/21/2015
There was a hurricane that occured in 2008 called Hurricane Omar.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2015
Omar Ibn Al-Khattab is one of the most powerful and influential Muslim caliphs in history.
Mohammad Omar  1/1/2016
This is the real name of Omi, known for his #1 hit "Cheerleader".
S-Genesis  11/27/2016
Omar Pene is the emblematic lead singer of the Super Diamono. Pene was born in the working-class neighborhood of Derkle in 1956. In the mid-1970s, he joined the Super Diamono, one of the longest running Senegalese popular bands. Recruited by Bailo Diagne, the first bass-player and a founding member of the group, Pene stood out as the most natural fixture in the band.
cutenose  1/28/2017
Omar Kareem Naber is a Slovenian singer, songwriter and guitar player. He first represented Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 with the song "Stop" and for a second time at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "On My Way", but failed to qualify to the final on both occasions.
cutenose  5/12/2017
Omar Sy is a French actor and comedian. He is best known in France for his duo with Fred Testot, Omar et Fred, and for his role in The Intouchables, and internationally for his roles in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Jurassic World. He received a César Award for Best Actor on 24 February 2012 for his role in The Intouchables and in doing so also became the first actor of African descent to win the French award.
cutenose  5/15/2017
Omar Ahmed Sayid Khadr is a Canadian citizen who was detained by the United States at Guantanamo Bay from the age of 16 and held for ten years, during which he pleaded guilty to "murder in violation of the laws of war" and other charges. He later appealed his conviction, claiming that he falsely pleaded guilty so that he could return to Canada.
cutenose  7/19/2017
Orlando Shooter, Omar Mateen. Kill 49 people in the largest mass shooting in the US by a lone gunman on June 12, 2016.
Marideth  8/5/2017

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