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Omar Name Meaning

Muslim (found almost exclusively among Sunni Muslims): from an Arabic personal name of uncertain etymology. It is thought to be related to Arabic ?amir, which means ‘prosperous’, ‘full of life’, ‘large’, ‘substantial’. The root word ?umr means ‘life’. ?Umar bin al-Kha?t?tab was the second of the ‘rightly guided’ khalifs (ruled 634–44). He was known by the title al-Faruq ‘the distinguisher’, i.e. one who distinguishes between truth and falsehood. He was one of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad. The Persian poet ?Umar al-Khayyam (1048–1125), also known in English as Omar Khayyam, is the author of the classic poem, the Rubaiyyat. Catalan: topographic name for someone who lived by a group of elm trees, from the collective form of om ‘elm’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Amar, Oman, Mar, Pomar, Omer, Hoar, Roman, Haar, Mak, Mars

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Where is the Omar family from?

You can see how Omar families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Omar family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Omar families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Omar families living in New York. This was 100% of all the recorded Omar's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Omar families in 1840.
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What did your Omar ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Omar. 40% of Omar men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Omar women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Omar were Clerk and Cashier.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    40%
  • Salesman
    20%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    37%
  • Waitress
    28%
  • Housework
    19%
  • Cashier
    19%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Omar. For the veterans among your Omar ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Omar lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Omar life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Omar in 1956 was 55, and 76 in 2004.

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