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Kamala Khan is the current Ms. Marvel. How is her name pronounced? I assume that her last name is pronounced the same way that Shatner says it, but what about her first name? Camel-a? Cam-ah-la? Cay-mala?

Ideally, I'd love to hear the creators of the series say her name on video, but if there are non-video sources from Marvel that explain her name's pronunciation, that would be fine too.

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  • Just as a minor trivia, the character is X-American so there'll likely be some Americanisation of the name either through the character or creators themselves, but if she had retained the accent relative to her origin (as many X-Americans do when speaking in their language of origin), it'd be more "Come-uh-la" and less "Come-ah-la"
    – DariM
    Nov 28, 2016 at 21:40
  • I believe it's "Mah-vell" Jun 20, 2022 at 12:36

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The co-creator of the new Ms. Marvel (Sana Amanat) says her name in this interview. It's as you would expect it to be pronounced; Ca-mah-laa

The character's other co-creator (G. Willow Wilson) pronounces it in a very similar fashion.

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  • I could add another couple of interviews, but it's basically the same pronunciation again and again from both women. Do you want me to do overkill or just leave it? youtube.com/…, youtube.com/…
    – Valorum
    Nov 28, 2016 at 21:51
  • @Thunderforge Many of the subcontinent languages don't use an explicit syllable/vowel between certain syllables unless they intend to add a deep emphasis. The transition from one to the next can be very short as a result. Sort of like an apostrophe.
    – DariM
    Nov 28, 2016 at 21:55
  • @DariM - Also she's talking quickly and has done 40 other interviews that day.
    – Valorum
    Nov 28, 2016 at 21:55
  • The videos you have are fine. It just sounded like two syllables instead of three to me. Nov 28, 2016 at 21:56
  • @Valorum Yep. And fluency with a name accentuates it differently, same like in French where vowels/words mix together when you speak fast/fluently. Writing Kamala in Hindi or Tamil would basically be equivalent to "K-M-L-ah"
    – DariM
    Nov 28, 2016 at 21:57
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The Vice President’s name is pronounced Comma-la, and is of Sanskrit origin. Ms. Marvel’s name is of Arabic origin and pronounced Kuh-maa-luh. Feminine version of the word Kamal.

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    Hi, welcome to the site. You could improve this answer by editing it to include some supporting evidence, such as a source of some kind. Jun 19, 2022 at 17:29
  • I'm not sure what the VPs name has anything to do with how this character's name is pronounced.
    – Valorum
    Jun 19, 2022 at 18:31
  • Vice President of where?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jun 19, 2022 at 19:27
  • @Randal'Thor - One of the colonies, I expect. They're forever changing Head of State. It's really quite hard to keep up.
    – Valorum
    Jun 20, 2022 at 17:34

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