How Many Different Ways Can You Spell ‘Gaddafi’?

By Sadie Bass

Sep 22, 2009 7:03pm

Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi has been in the headlines a lot this week — he's visiting the U.S. for the first time since he took power 40 years ago, and his arrival is not without controversy.

But politics aside, we've come across a list of the many different English spellings of Gaddafi's name.  Because of the difficulty translating Arabic to English, there are several different translations — the Library of Congress lists 72 alternate spellings, and the New York times, Associated Press and Xinhua news sources used 40 additional spellings between 1998 and 2008. 

We've posted all 112 of them below…

  • Qaddafi, Muammar
  • Al-Gathafi, Muammar
  • al-Qadhafi, Muammar
  • Al Qathafi, Mu'ammar
  • Al Qathafi, Muammar
  • El Gaddafi, Moamar
  • El Kadhafi, Moammar
  • El Kazzafi, Moamer
  • El Qathafi, Mu'Ammar
  • Gadafi, Muammar
  • Gaddafi, Moamar
  • Gadhafi, Mo'ammar
  • Gathafi, Muammar
  • Ghadafi, Muammar
  • Ghaddafi, Muammar
  • Ghaddafy, Muammar
  • Gheddafi, Muammar
  • Gheddafi, Muhammar
  • Kadaffi, Momar
  • Kad'afi, Mu`amar al- 20
  • Kaddafi, Muamar
  • Kaddafi, Muammar
  • Kadhafi, Moammar
  • Kadhafi, Mouammar
  • Kazzafi, Moammar
  • Khadafy, Moammar
  • Khaddafi, Muammar
  • Moamar al-Gaddafi
  • Moamar el Gaddafi
  • Moamar El Kadhafi
  • Moamar Gaddafi
  • Moamer El Kazzafi
  • Mo'ammar el-Gadhafi
  • Moammar El Kadhafi
  • Mo'ammar Gadhafi
  • Moammar Kadhafi
  • Moammar Khadafy
  • Moammar Qudhafi
  • Mu`amar al-Kad'afi
  • Mu'amar al-Kadafi
  • Muamar Al-Kaddafi
  • Muamar Kaddafi
  • Muamer Gadafi
  • Muammar Al-Gathafi
  • Muammar al-Khaddafi
  • Mu'ammar al-Qadafi
  • Mu'ammar al-Qaddafi
  • Muammar al-Qadhafi
  • Mu'ammar al-Qadhdhafi
  • Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhāfī 50
  • Mu'ammar Al Qathafi
  • Muammar Al Qathafi
  • Muammar Gadafi
  • Muammar Gaddafi
  • Muammar Ghadafi
  • Muammar Ghaddafi
  • Muammar Ghaddafy
  • Muammar Gheddafi
  • Muammar Kaddafi
  • Muammar Khaddafi
  • Mu'ammar Qadafi
  • Muammar Qaddafi
  • Muammar Qadhafi
  • Mu'ammar Qadhdhafi
  • Muammar Quathafi
  • Mulazim Awwal Mu'ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi
  • Qadafi, Mu'ammar
  • Qadhafi, Muammar
  • Qadhdhāfī, Mu`ammar
  • Qathafi, Mu'Ammar el 70
  • Quathafi, Muammar
  • Qudhafi, Moammar
  • Moamar AI Kadafi
  • Maummar Gaddafi
  • Moamar Gadhafi
  • Moamer Gaddafi
  • Moamer Kadhafi
  • Moamma Gaddafi
  • Moammar Gaddafi
  • Moammar Gadhafi
  • Moammar Ghadafi
  • Moammar Khadaffy
  • Moammar Khaddafi
  • Moammar el Gadhafi
  • Moammer Gaddafi
  • Mouammer al Gaddafi
  • Muamar Gaddafi
  • Muammar Al Ghaddafi
  • Muammar Al Qaddafi
  • Muammar Al Qaddafi
  • Muammar El Qaddafi
  • Muammar Gadaffi
  • Muammar Gadafy
  • Muammar Gaddhafi
  • Muammar Gadhafi
  • Muammar Ghadaffi
  • Muammar Qadthafi
  • Muammar al Gaddafi
  • Muammar el Gaddafy
  • Muammar el Gaddafi
  • Muammar el Qaddafi
  • Muammer Gadaffi
  • Muammer Gaddafi
  • Mummar Gaddafi
  • 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
  • Omar al Ghaddafi
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