Kings I ch. 7 tells of Solomon enlisting a Tyrian smith named חירם, Hiram to fashion many implements that were used in the Temple.

Chronicles II ch. 2 speaks of the King of Tyre sending a smith named חורם, Huram.

Huram is said in ch. 4 to have made basically the same things that Hiram made in Kings. This strongly implies that they were the same person.

Why do the verses name this man חירם in one place and חורם in the other?

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    Because the letters are sometimes interchangeable?
    – Scimonster
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:31
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    You can also ask this question about the many other instances in Tanach where someone's name is written in various ways.
    – Fred
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:31
  • @Scimonster Support that in an answer and I'll up vote!
    – Baby Seal
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:32
  • @Fred true, I am wondering if there is any Torah on this particular change, as this person really interests me. If it is too trivial for the site, I understand. I almost didn't post it for that reason.
    – Baby Seal
    Jul 13, 2014 at 18:33
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    David is spelled דָּוִד in Samuel but דָוִיד in Chronicles.
    – Mike
    Oct 14, 2015 at 3:21

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As the Ibn Ezra writes (Bamidbar 21:22)

אל תבקש דקדוק בשמות

don't expect/ask for grammatical care when it comes to names


My best guess is that because the letters are interchangeable they were switched. Which is proper though, I can't tell you.

You could also ask this question on many other cases throughout Tanach. As an example from this week's parsha (Pinchas), Rashi talks about several names that are spelled differently between lists.

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