75%Rating
add to your listSave
GenderMasculine
PronouncedPron.ZAY-vyər English
ig-ZAY-vyər English
GZA-VYE French
shu-VYER European Portuguese
sha-vee-ER Brazilian Portuguese
shə-bee-E Catalan
[key]

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.
VariantsXzavier, Zavier, Xavior English Javier Spanish
DiminutiveXavi Catalan
Feminine FormsXavia, Xaviera, Zavia English Javiera Spanish
Other Languages & CulturesXabier, Xabi Basque Saveriu Corsican Xabier Galician Xaver German Saverio Italian Ksawery Polish

Images

The Vision of Francis Xavier by Giovanni Battista GaulliThe Vision of Francis Xavier by Giovanni Battista Gaulli

Categories

directors, footballers, surnames, top 100 Portugal
Entry updated February 12, 2018   Contribute