I want a name translated but not sure which to pick, what sounds the best and what's the difference between them? The name which I'm trying to translate is "Oter".
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My recommendation is オター. That horizontal bar after タ is a long vowel marker, which indicates the vowel of the "ter" part should be pronounced longer than usual. Usually Japanese people prefer a long vowel for the "-er" and "-ar" sound at the end of a short name, for example コナー "Conar", ケラー "Keller". In addition, オタ is often used as an abbreviation of オタク, so it may carry an undesirable connotation.