Given Name XAVIER

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ZAY-vyər (English), ig-ZAY-vyər (English), GZA-VYE (French), sha-VYER (Portuguese)   [details]

Meaning & History

Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) who was borne in a village of this name. He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries. His surname has since been adopted as a given name in his honour, chiefly among Catholics.

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VARIANTS: Xzavier, Zavier, Xavior (English), Javier (Spanish)
DIMINUTIVE: Xavi (Catalan)
FEMININE FORMS: Xavia, Xaviera, Zavia (English), Javiera (Spanish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Xabier, Xabi (Basque), Saveriu (Corsican), Xabier (Galician), Xaver (German), Saverio (Italian), Ksawery (Polish)
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