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Xavier

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Origin: Arabic
Meaning: Spendid

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A few facts about the boy's name Xavier:

  • Records indicate that 105,470 boys in the United States have been named Xavier since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2007, when 6,464 people in the U.S. were given the name Xavier. Those people are now 7 years old.

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    Comments about the name Xavier

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      75 Positive Comments

  • "people always ask me if there is a shorten name of xavier..." Jul. 4, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boy is 19...and has rocked the name his whole life...tho often times called Xavi by all the cute girls who flock around." Dec. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name. I love it we pronounce it Zhav ee ay. Spelt xavier. He is a placid, sensitive, considerate and very creative child. It upsets me how much negative reaction ive been subject to, when introducing him to people when he was younger." May. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I will be naming my son Xavier pronounced (ex-zavier) as in Charles Xavier from X-Men. I think if you're going to pronounce it Zavier then spell it with a Z and so on like if you want it spanish sounding then Javier. It doesn't have to be hyphenated to pronounce the X as "ex". I really think it's just a preference. I want the name to sound more American so I choose "ex-zavier"" Oct. 10, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I GAVE MY SON THE NAME XAVIER BECAUSE IT SOUNDS POWERFUL I LOVE IT AND I HOPE HE DOES TOO WHEN HE GETS OLDER HES 8 MONTHS. I ALSO LOVE THE FACT THAT ITS NOT COMMON MANY GREAT PEOPLE HAD NOT SO COMMON NAMES OLVE U XAVIER" Jul. 30, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Xavier and I hate it when people pronounce it EXavier! I also don't like seeing it misspelt ie Zavier." Apr. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I OVE THE NAME xavier my boyfriends names is theat" Apr. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby boy's name is Xavier and I absolutely love it. I use the Catalonian pronunciation "chabeer" or "chabi" for short. People have a hard time pronouncing it though and think he's called "Charly". But it got better after the soccer world cup with two Xavi's on the spanish team ;-)" Oct. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My oldest son's name is Xavier. I love this name! His personality totally matches his name! He is bright! We pronounce it ex-zay-vi-er. I call him Zay. His friends call him X." Oct. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming my first boy Xavier. I will pronounce Zav-ier. Everyone keeps saying Egg-savier..." Sep. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name and it is pronounced as if the X was a Z. That is how X is pronounced! Its a very common middle name among Catholics, typically with the first name Francis because of St. Francis Xavier. A lot of Irish and Italian-Americans named "Frank" have a given name of "Francis Xavier"" Jul. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Xavier. And yes I say it just like this X avier. X for Xray. I dont see why it should be said with a Z. Just sayin'. I was looking up a more deaper meaning for this name...from the bible. Read up on it." Jul. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "powerful and pretty all at the same time! brilliant." Jul. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Xavier (prounced correctly with a "Z") and almost everyone pronounces it incorrectly (with an "ex") but I expected that when I named him so it doesn't bother me. It is weird how English speaking people are unable to prounce a simple "x" word like that when they have no problem with xylophone. It is kind of annoying though that whenever someone needs to spell his name (doctor's office, etc) I tell them what it is and they spell it with a "Z"." Jun. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Xzavier because we wanted the "X" pronounced. It is a beautiful name either way.Just know the pronunciation before you name them Xavier and it turns out to be pronunced "Zav-e-ur" :-)" Jun. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Actuallt it can be proniunced 'Xavier' or 'Zavier' in english, depending on whether it is of arabic or basque origin. It should be spelt Xavier, but is some times spelt Zavier in modern english" May. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "The expression there's more than one way to skin a cat comes to play with the name Xavier. There are several varients to pronouncing it and none is wrong or right...comes down to preference. I mentally prefer EX-avier...like the English pronounce it. And Zay-vier is cool too. But you have to research the history and meaning of a name before you state there's a right or wrong version. Different cultures, diff accents, diff meanings. I'm expecting my 1st born son and i'm using the EX-avier version...think it sounds stronger and more distinguished...Like Dr. Charles Ex-avier from X-Men. To each his own." Apr. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We spelled our son's name Zavier. With the X, both pronunciations are acceptable. With the Z, just Zavier which is why we did the Z. And yes, my son too, is often called "Z-man" or "Z". People sometimes still call him X-Zavier *sigh* though. But I guess we're a little weird since my daughters are Izabella and Lucziana." Apr. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Xavier and we pronounce it the French way as his Dad is French and that is Za-vee-ay. He loves it as there are so many famous footballers with the same name. We go to Spain each year and there he is referred to as Javier (in the region we go to its pronounced ha-bee-er)." Mar. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Xavier, we say it X-zavier. as far as i knew it was always the correct way. then some DJ was on the radio ranting its zavier. So I know a Doctor whos father was from the general area the name possibly originated in, ive read of different possibilities of origin since its an old name. so i asked her how she and her family said it. she said" to say it correctly, its X-zavier...." Feb. 28, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grand son is named Zavier. They were smart enough to just spell it with a "Z". He loves the nickname "Z-Man" and no one gets him confused with Xaviers. I do not even understand why people use the X." Feb. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Xavier and I pronounce it X-avier. It doesn't matter how the hell the name is spelled it's just how the person wants it to be pronounced. I have to say since I like it pronounced X and not Z, when people call me Zavier it gets a little annoying but I've learned to live with it. So therefor MY name is not ZAVIER it's XAVIER! Plus I love having X as a nickname!" Dec. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Exavier, its a good strong name and not very common. We pronounce it "Ex-Zay-Vee-Er" we are also hispanic and some family members pronounce it "Xa-Vee-Er" just like Javier but with an "X". we only hope he grows up to love it as much as we do, sense people will be pronouncing it in many ways." Dec. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sorry, but if you are named Xavier, and pronounce it "Ex-Zavier," your parents gave you a name they didn't know how to pronounce." Nov. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named our son this, and most of the family hated it.. but i loved it. i have a very common name and therefore wanted none of my kids to have common names. my husband is german and all his family has very traditional catholic names... so they actually liked it alot after a while... but, just to keep the common, both kids have unusual first names but very common middle names... just in case.. :) and we pronounce it EX-zA-vee-r" Oct. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really love the name, whether it is pronounced x-avier or z-avier. I might give it as a middle name though because it might be annoying for the child to have the confusion all the time with a first name." Aug. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I have always loved the name Xavier and always pronounced it with a Z. When we finally had our baby boy, we named him Xavier and I've been so surprised at how many people pronounce it "X-zavier". I'm sticking with the "Z" because I believe it's correct, but sadly realizing that my son will deal with this his whole life." Aug. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is Xavier but people constantly start it with a Z even family member and he is now 5. He corrects people saying X av ier is my name. His 3 year old brother calls him Xavie. Our surname is Roberts hence he was given a couple cabbage patch dolls which have his name on their bums when he was born." Aug. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Xavier (and pronounce with 'Z'). We love the name as it works in both french and english. We've had mixed reactions from friends and family but are confident that our baby boy will love this name growing up." Aug. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our baby boy is Xavier (Zay-vee-er) and when people say 'x-ay-vee-er' my husband says "sorry there's no eggs!" i'm sure that will wear thin once he's older!" Jun. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name. Its got to be Xavier (ZAVEYE) but ZAYVIE is also cool. Not sure about EXAVIER as it sounds sci-fi. Reality is that this is a cool name." May. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Xavier. I know that in English any word beginning with an X is pronounced with a Z sound. Also, being from NYC, I've always known Xavier to be pronounced as Zavier, but quiet frankly, depending on my mood and the language that I'm speaking, I pronounce my sonıs name as Ex-zavier, Zavier, Ha-vier, or just plain old X-man (listed in preferred order). I think when he's old enough to choose, he will. Knowing a little something about the evolution of language (esp. the English language), I also believe that there is not a "right way" but a standard (or popular) way to pronounce any name. Yes, ıtodayı, the ıZı pronunciation may be the ıcorrectı way of saying Xavier, but ıtomorrowı the emphasis maybe placed on the ıXı sound. Folks just need to respect how the "owner" of the name chooses to say it. How they pronounce their name will have nothing to do with ignorance, but everything to do with choice. cnc" May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Xavier. We chose it since I am Aussie and my husband is Peruvian because it was the only boy's name we could agree on that would work in Australia and Peru. I love it because it is unusual, without being pretencious and it sounds strong. I pronounce it Zay-vee-er, my husband pronounces it sar-vee-er and lots of people call him Javier. He answers to all three, but not to ecs-say-vee-er." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Actually I think it's originally a Spanish name meaning "New House" .. My name is Xavier and in France we pronounce it GZavier (like the same G as in goal + Zavier) so it's difficult to say in English..." Apr. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Xavier but I pronounce it the Spanish variant "Javier."" Apr. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a great name no matter how you pronounce it! Say it how ever you want and which ever way you like. There is no right or wrong way!" Apr. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Xavier. We pronounce it "Zay-Vee-Er" as we understand that this is the classic pronounciation. I also think it rolls off the tongue better. I have to admit, however, that my initial exposure (and attraction) to the name began with those who pronounced it "Ex-Zay-Vee-Er" (e.g., Professor Xavier from the X-Men, Xavier McDaniel from the Seattle Supersonics). Also, my grandmother's name is Frances, so I like to think that his name works as an indirect tribute to her as well (Frances = Francis Xavier = Xavier)." Mar. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son X-a-vee-er. My husband and I looked up so many boy names and could not find any that we really liked. Months later I remembered my favorite dolls were created by Xavier Roberts. I liked that name when I was six and I absolutely LOVE this name. I like all the different ways of pronouncing it." Nov. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bro is named Xavier isnt it haspanic or something my brother is 5 years older than me he is five right now" Oct. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son with this name but we chose to spell it with a zed (Zavier), we chose to do this because we didn't want people to call him ex-,ay-vee-er. So instead we went with the French pronunciation of za-vee-yay, I think that's the most romantic pronunciation of the name, and he certainly lives up to his name, he is splendid and bright! UK" Oct. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sexy excellent boyfriend name is xavier. I pronounce it x ay ve er. It sounds right to me cause that's the way we pronounce it here but he's from the french carribean and there he says they say yav vay. I think its sexy the french way lol. But it sounds weird to hear me say it. Anyways later on down the line. We love the name so much he wants to name our girl zi na. Its beautiful. Anyways its a beautiful name for a beautiful man. Peace!" Sep. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always loved this name. I love the way it sounds when spoken, even the way it looks when written. It's unique without sounding pretentious. We named our son Xavier Daniel. He is now 3yrs. old. We pronounce it Zay-vee-er and are sure to correct people who call him otherwise. My inlaws sometimes call him Javier (pronounced Ha-vee-er), which is also fine since that is how they would pronounce it in their native country of Colombia." Aug. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our son Xavier and i love it. It is such a strong but unique name and not too out there. It really annoys me that people say Exavier and that some low class people have taken to actually butchering the name and spelling it with an E in front so people will pronounce it like that. I didnt realise people would even think to say it incorrectly Xylophone, Xerox pronounced zylophone etc so its a bit of pain correcting ignoramuses" Aug. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our daughter is expecting son #2, and we're going to see if she uses it since it's an ancestor in my husband's family line. Personally, I love it...it's strong and unique. I wouldn't care HOW anyone pronounces it, since it's only likely to be his middle name anyway. X is a great initial for a middle name. Xavier is used in many countries so of course it'll be pronounced differently. Let it. X marks the spot with ME!" Jul. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thinking of calling my baby Xavier if it turns out to be a boy.... it's a great name, pretty unique (in Australia at least) and I just think it has a great sound to it! Definitely pronouncing it "zay-vier", not "ex-a-vier"." Jul. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE THE NAME XAVIER! I NAMED MY SON XAVIER. MY HUSBAND'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY SAYS JAVIER WHICH I'M NOT CRAZY ABOUT AND MY SIDE OF THE FAMILY WHICH IS ETHIOPIAN WAS AGAINST THE NAME BECAUSE IN ETHIOPIAN IT MEANS GOD. BUT NOW THEY LOVE IT." Jun. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Besides the stereotype that Americans tend to butcher words of any language they come across, perhaps the excuse in this case is the mass marketing campaign in the early ı80s involving a particular gentlemanıs signature that is tattooed on the behind of every authentic Cabbage Patch doll in existence. If you notice, the popularity of this name began to increase a short time after Mr. Robertsı Cabbage Patch dolls were selling off of shelves like there was no tomorrow, especially around the time that the target market began to approach child-bearing age. It could be just a coincidence. Another said trait of Americans is to go with names they recognize and this certainly qualifies because of the Cabbage Patch craze. This stereotypical trait explains not only why they choose the baby names they do, but also why they vote for whom they do. I am considering this for my sonıs name because it is a nice name with a lot of character and is still somewhat unique." May. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, I named my son Xavier, I wanted to choose a strong name for a strong little individual ... and he has lived up to it ... he is now 3 and the cleverest in his class, and such a vibrant little soul ... and he loves his name to bits .... We are South African and we pronounce it Zav-eeeR" May. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my all time favorite name! I already have a son named Xavier i love that name! =]" May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Xavier in Jan. 2007 and I think it is a fabulous name! People comment that it is a cool name. However, almost EVERYONE pronounces it incorrectly, saying "Ex-zavier" when it is actually pronounced like "Zavier." People persist in saying it wrong even after hearing me pronounce it a million times!" Apr. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I pronounce it X-a-vee-er. Its spelled Xavier but people still either call me Javier or pronounce it Zavier or Xzayvier. I usually get awesome comments and tons of Compliments. They figure that I am named after the Missionary Saint Francis Xavier or the University or something." Apr. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Xavier and love it. My wife is Latina and on that side they all pronounce it as Javier, which is fine by me and warrants no correction. I do get people in the U.S. trying to correct me with my own son's name telling me it is EX-avier. Not. I politely ask them if they make copies on an EX-erox machine, know of the Graak character EX-erxes, or follow the basketball team from EX-avier University....all pronounced Zavier, of course. When they name their son Xavier they can pronounce it however they want. ;)" Apr. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named xavier it does have arabic origin meaning splendid and is popular in the middle east" Jan. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My nephew was named Xavier and my family wasn't real sure about it, but it always seemed a nice name to me and it just took my family time to get used to it. His parents pronounce the 'X' like a 'Z'." Jan. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the name my husband and I have picked for our son- it sounds great, unique & how great a short form could be- X. I love it." Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my, although it is said the french way; Zav- ie - Errr perhaps I'm just odd. lol." Aug. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "people always pronounce Xavier as X-Zavier, which seems silly to me because X is pronounced as a Z, not an X. We all learned that when we learned the alphabet, X is for xylophone. :) Even when I introduce our son as Xavier (pronounced Zavier), people say "ooooh! Hi X-Zavier." Seems as if we need to enroll our son as Zavier to get the pronunciation that we intended." Aug. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name, only name we could pick and agree on and wouldnt have named my son anything different if i had a chance" Jul. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "If pronounced properly (not ex-avier as in X men, but "ha-vee-er" it's quite nice. My uncle's name is Xavier, one of the most inteligent men i've ever known, philosopher and all, he studied the etymology of the name and also found out that people with this name (and most names with X) tend to give out a strong aura of developed intelect." Jun. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my friends sister who got knocked up for the second time is in labor with a boy she intends to name Xavier. i think it's kewl. :]" Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Xavier is such a sultry and powerful name at the same time when pronounced the French way, using the French accent or even in english. My boyfriend's name was Xavier and it was such a delight to my ears just to hear his name being said. Short forms could be "xav"(pronounced: Zav), "xavy" (pronounced: Zav-ee. Any baby with such a name is sure to live up to high dreams, I think!" May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my son Xavier. So far everyone who sees it writting mispronounces it Eks-zavier. I think I've cursed my son to a long life of correcting people." May. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "thinking of calling my baby Xavier if its a boy - it's a gorgeous name and not not well known in Liverpool" Mar. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name - my son is called Xavier - he has a French dad. We live in Scotland so there are not many around but generally people know how to pronounce it - zaveeay!! Xavier rocks!" Mar. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "didnt realise this lovely name was so popular in US - am a little put off now as I thought it was quite rare but still think its a great name with meaning" Mar. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Xavier is the best name ever. it is so cool shake and bake yeah" Jan. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my 1st son name. everyone loves it and gives nothing but compliments. i call him xavi for short." Jan. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son will be born on the 18 of Decemebr and that is his first name...because his mom just move in a new house..." Dec. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always loved this name and named my first born son Xavier =) It's true that a lot of people comment on how cool that name is - but it's not common so most people ask how u spell it" Dec. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i still dont know how to pronounce it but i like the name paula xx" Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm going to name my son Xavier. I never hear that name anywhere. Most people i know don'tlike it or they say he is going to have a hard time spelling it. Kim" May. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I went to Xavier University, and so many people outside of Cincinnati pronounced it Eggs-avier. That was really annoying, but since I have pride, I correct anyone who mispronounces it." Mar. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have a baby boy named Xavier and we use the Catalonian pronunciation, which we believe is the original one. It's pronounced 'Cha-bee-ehr'." Jan. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We plan on calling our first son Xavier, but my mother has issues with it because she can't pronouce it properly! In the Indonesian dialect (she is Indonesian), they often have problems pronoucing the sound V (as in VERY) or F (as in FISH) and is worried that with a name like Xavier, or Xavy for short, Indo relatives may in fact call him 'Zay-pee' as opposed to 'Zay-vee'. The problem with that, is that Zay-pee sounds too much like Sah-pee...which is the Indonesian word for Sheep!" Nov. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a son named Xavier and all I ever hear is what a great name." Nov. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "I want to call my son the name of a Marvel Comics character." Nov. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Xavier and my life has been hell!! I'm a bully magnet with this stupid name in America. I will change it when I'm 21!" Aug. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I my self named my sone Xavier who was born December 10, 2006. I really love the name and I get lots of complements so far. It tends to be pronounced two ways "X-a-vier" and "Zavier"" Dec. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      44 Neutral Comments

  • "Gosh, hope I've got the right Andy Culbertson, though from rendiag I have hard time imagining a mistake. The word, Thinkulum, by the way, is fun to chew on. How are things?" Mar. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "You first need to add the figlht and after that, there is an icon of .igc file on each figlht on far right (second icon from the right). When you click the icon the filse selection dialog opens I hope this helpsVN:F [1.9.20_1166]" Mar. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most people in the U.S have the grammar abilities of a fifth grade child ( check local news "journalists" as an example..). The first person on national tv to mispronounce Xavier was Archie Bunker...when he did so ,the educated audience( compared to today's illiterates)roared in laughter at his gaffe. They ALL knew it was incorrect. Bunker mangled many words for his skits. It was all part of his "uneducated" character." Apr. 4, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "im naming my son xavier as in X-avier not Zavier sounds like a lazy way of saying it i love the name and not a lot of people have it but its however you like it your child your way. its just like the name kristen or kirsten. just a switch of the I and R" Jul. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Xavier is a very typical catalan name. But I think isn't used as much as decades ago. Its pronuncation correct, I think, is between "Sha-BEE-er" and "Cha-BEE-er"" Sep. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It doesnt matter how it's pronounced. It's pronounced the way you want it if your name is Xavier. My boyfriend's name is Xavier and he pronounces it with the (EX). so that's how I say it." Aug. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend who can not spell worth a crap. He can spell as good as a 2nd grader and his girlfriend not much better. I seen there kids social security card and they spelled his middle name Exavior. I have never heard of that and told them that it was wrong, and they should change it because it's gonna embarrass the boy that his middle name is not spelled correctly. She said I named him after St. Xavier, and I told her it was not spelled like that. Then they said they seen the name spelled like that in baby name books. I have never seen it spelled like that before and am wondering if anyone else has. I think it looks ridiculous!" Jun. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just had a new grandson born on Thursday 05/20 and his name is Emyr Xavier pronounced (Emeer X avier) Love the name and the X pronounciation. Really, depending on the research tool you use, you'll find that pronouncing either the X or Z is correct. Especially when you study the etymology of the word from the place name in the Basque region. Why argue? Both are strong and masculine and special." May. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son's name is Xavier. We live near Ohio, where Xavier University is, and we pronounce it the truly CORRECT way, ZAVIER. We are Catholic and our priest reinforced this pronunciation," Mar. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name xavier, pronounced which ever way! I was going to give my son joshua the middle name xavier but just decided to go with joshua anthony jr. I thought about naming my next baby (if it was a boy) xavier but my mother in law beat me to it!! I know kinda weird but aren't we all?! anyways we pronounce it as X-Zavier!!! who cares its your baby!!" Feb. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i've always know to pronouce the X as an X, not a Z. zavyer just sounds dumb. people who pronounce it like that annoy me." Jan. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I appreciate the feedback. We are expecting and this name is at the top of the list. I happen to like the "Exavier" pronunciation more, but do I really want my child to have to defend his name on a daily basis? Hmm...much to think about. I guess I could just use an alternate spelling." Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Javi is not even a Basque name as reported by a Spanish person on this log. It is derived from the Arab Habir meaning Bright" Dec. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Xavier, He corrected everyone from the time he was 3 to pronounce it as Zavier. He is 9 now and has had so many people pronounce it wrong he answers to both." Nov. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son's middle name is Xavier. It is pronounced Zavier. People who say X-Zavier probably say X-ylophone which is also wrong. The only time X should be pronounced as Ex at the start of a word is when it is hyphenated - eg. X-ray. The name is Xavier, not X-avier." Nov. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is xavier n I loveit n screw u guys who dunt like it..." Aug. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im sorry I just dont think that a name should start with the letter X....." Aug. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name and I hate Zavier. Sorry guys but I like the X sound and it bothers me when people say it with a Z." Jul. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Spanish and my brother's name is Javier, pronounced Ha Vee Er, althoigh we always call him Javi (Ha Vee) I think it is a very nice name, I prefer the spanish version. And actually it is not a french name, it doesn't come from latin languages but from Basque language." Mar. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its originally a french name and the pronunciation is za-vee-yay or Sa Vee Aye. The americans pronounce it X-a-vee-er. Which i think is wrong. W all know how the English pronounce the letter X and nothing is wrong with that but i cant understand why the American pronunciation is like that i it. My surname is Xavier and i za-vee-yay, Jus as my father and his fathers father fathers father well u get my point. Wish the americans would stop butchering my name :) thnx" Mar. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents named my younger brother Francis Xavier. For 50 years I pronounced it "X-Zavier". Never gave it any thought until I moved to Cincinnati. Here there is an Xavier University and St. Xavier High School. Everyone here says "Zavier" and said I mispronounce it. I thought they were dead wrong and ignored them (figuring it was some Ohioan speech defect). Now that our son is about to attend the high school, I finally researched it. They were right. It is correctly pronounced "Zavier". I was the one with the defect!" Mar. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a daughter and her name is Xaviera shes beautiful , and its pronounce zaviera" Feb. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i know a guy mame xavier he was my friend in summer school and besides xavier sounds like a preety name" Feb. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "In Arabic, the letter 'v' does not exist, so am not sure that the origin cited here is correct." Nov. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "In English any word beginning with an X is pronounced as a Z as in xylophone." Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Xavier. Pronounced (here in English Canada) Ex Say Vee Er. Ancestry is French.. parents are from Spain. Parents pronounced it Ha Vee Er (the Spanish way). Never been too crazy about the Spanish version. French pronounce it Sa Vee Aye. I pronounce it Say Vee Er." Sep. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our son Xavier (pronouced the Arabic way, X-A-VEE-ER) and were promptly "corrected" by my husands snobby brother who told us that it is pronounced as ZA-VEE-ER (latin). I must say it felt good to tell Mr. Know-it-all brother-in-law that he was a short-sighted idiot and he should expand his knowledge regarding the many different pronunciations and meanings of a name. We let our son decide which way he wants his name pronounced, but mostly he is just called "X", "X-Man" "Zavee" or "Zav", he also likes "X-Ray". He loves his name and the fact that it has different pronunciations. He will often meet new people and give them a different pronunciation just because they are all his name and he likes them all." Jul. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Xavier. This name comes from the saint St. Francis Xavier, who was borned in a castle named Xavier. In basc, the language of our country (Basc Country, in Spain) means "the new house". So, the saint was Francisco from the new house. By the way, this castle and its town are located very near to Pamplona, famous city; Hemingway, Sanfermines... Kisses!!!" Jul. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Someone corrected me long time ago and told me that the X in Xavier was pronounced as if it were a "Z", and I never forgot it." May. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This has been a difficult name for me. It is more popular now than when I was born, but the English speaking world has traditionally had trouble pronouncing it and ex-AY-vyuhr just doesn't sound as nice as the French zahv-YAY or the Spanish Hahv-Yair." Dec. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This has been a difficult name for me. It is more popular now than when i was born, but the English speaking world has traditionally gad trouble pronouncing it and ex-AY-vyuhr just doesn't sound as nice as the French zahv-YAY or the Spanish Hahv-Yair." Dec. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Someone told me this name was greek and meant powerful one...wow, were they off.Thank you google lol" Oct. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I REALLY LIKE THE NAME XAVIER BECAUSE IT'S FRENCH 4 SPENDID" Oct. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and it's a bit of a challenge for most people. I was named in the 60's when it was less popular than it is today so people are becoming a little more used to it. I hat the way it sounds in my native tongue of English, ek-ZAY-vee-yuhr. It's very harsh to my ear. The Spanish speakers who call me hahv-YAIR, and the French speakers who call me zahv-YAY, endear themselves to me quickly." Aug. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my, although it is said the french way; Zav- ie - Errr perhaps I'm just odd. lol." Aug. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Xavier and, as a native English speaker, I have always has trouble with it. When I was named it was not a popular name, but that has gradually changed and people are more familiar with the name now. The English pronunciation of ek-ZAY-vee-yuhr is very harsh to my ear and I usually go simply by 'X'. The Spanish speakers who call me hah-VYAIR, and the French speakers who say zah-VYAY, endear themselves to me easily. Is it any wonder my wife is latina." Aug. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Evan Xavier. I did not decide this until four days before his birth but it has rolled off the tongue ever since and as well many people have commented on the name since it is so beautiful for a boy (Evan meaning 'young warrior' most commonly and Xavier meaning 'bright' most commonly - I also appreciate the meaning in his name)" Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is xavier and i'm a girl i get lots of compliments from people they find it rather sexy...i like having my name as xavier cause not many girls have it i pronounce it as za-v-ay! SEXY!" Dec. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "people use to spell my name wrong. But now I get copliments for my name" Nov. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Xavier. He is always complimented on his name. But sometimes people pronounce his name "zavier" because they say the X should be silent. My son is now 3 and it's hard for him to pronounce his own name." Mar. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Where in h*** did you find that Xavier means "Spendid" (or "Splendid") and is of Arabic origin? What an utter nonsense! If all the information you give is of similar quality I'd suggest to work for the National Enquirer!" Mar. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Xavier what a odd name no offense but its unique so i like it! it funny though!" Feb. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE THIS NAME!! MY FIRST SON WILL BE NAMED XAVIER!!!" Jan. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sons name is xavier but i spell it differently xzayvier and people like it" Dec. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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