How Should You Spell Gaddafis Name? There are almost as many ways to spell Colonel Gaddafis name as there are theories of the former dictators whereabouts. There is no single correct way to spell the former Libyan rulers name because of the difficulty of translating the Arabic script into our language. It is estimated that there are currently 112 ways to spell his name. Whether you have seen Gaddafi, Khaddafi or Ghaddafi in the press today, here are the most popular choices for the man with many spellings. News sources: The spelling of 'Gaddafi' has been adopted by the majority of British news outlets such as the BBC, The Guardian, Yahoo! UK, Daily Mail, and Sky News. Many Irish are also consistent with this spelling. French news agency, Agence France-Presse (AFP), uses Moamar Kadhafi, while The New York Times goes as close to Arabic as possible using Muammar el-Qaddafi. Interestingly Arabian broadcaster Al Jazeera sticks with the Gaddafi spelling, while the New York Times appears to consistently use Qaddafi as the spelling. Meanwhile US news outlets CNN, The Associated Press, and MSNBC use Gadhafi. What people search for: Looking at data collated by Yahoo! UK Search, in the month of July, the most popularly searched term for the man was Gadhafi with more than 50% of Yahoo! UK users spelling it that way, followed by 25% of users spelling it Gaddafi. Gadaffi and Gadafi came third and fourth respectively. On other Internet search engines, the spelling of Gaddafi also came out top. Gaddafis official Website It seems that even the colonel himself is unsure about how to spell it. According to Christian Science Monitor, who scoured Gaddafis official Website for the correct Arabic-English translation, the banner at the top of his official website spells it AL Gathafi. When searching deeper into the site, it continues Al Qaddafi, Algathafi, and Al-Gathafi. The spelling discrepancies exist because there are no exact English equivalents to Arabic characters making it a dilemma for editors. Reuters Yahoo! News asked Reuters why it uses the spelling Gaddafi. According to a spokeswoman from the news provider, its journalists follow protocol. In the Reuters Handbook of Journalism, it says: Reuters' style is to end Arab names in i rather than y (Ali not Aly, Gaddafi not Gaddafy). Whatever the accepted spelling, you now know that 112 English versions of his name can all be used correctly it just has to sound right. So who uses what? Gaddafi Al Jazeera, BBC, Yahoo! UK, Sky News, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Irish Independent, The Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Irish Independent, Jerusalem Post, Wikipedia, Financial Times, AOL, Reuters, Washington Post, Mirror, Scotsman Gadhafi Associated Press, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, CNN, Haaretz, Yahoo! US Qaddafi - Fox News, New York Times, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Business Insider Kadhafi - AFP, San Francisco Chronicle, Sudan Tribune Khadafy - New York Post, Boston Globe Gadaffi - ABC Khaddafy - NBC Kadafi- Los Angeles Times While there may be global differences on how to spell the controversial leader's name, 'Gaddafi' seems to be the most popular.