Omar has a perfect mix of exoticism and familiarity, with the additional plus of a strong, open initial O. Commonly used among Muslim families, Omar was long associated with twelfth century Persian poet Omar Khayyam, though it sounds anything but ancient now.
More recent well known bearers have been World War II General Omar Bradley and actors Omar Sharif(born Michael) and Omar Epps.
Omar is also mentioned in the Old Testament book of Genesis. It has been in the U.S. Top 200 since 1976.