XAVIER
GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: ZAY-vee-ər (English), ZAY-vyər (English), ig-ZAY-vee-ər (English), za-VYAY (French), sha-VYER (Portuguese)   [key]
Meaning & History
Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). 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.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Xavior, Xzavier, Zavier (English), Javier (Spanish)
DIMINUTIVE: Xavi (Catalan)
FEMININE FORMS: Xavia, Xaviera, Zavia (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Xabier, Xabi (Basque), Xabier (Galician), Xaver (German), Saverio (Italian), Ksawery (Polish)
Popularity
United States  ranked #80 
England/Wales  ranked #163 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #23 
Catalonia  ranked #50 
France  ranked #427 
Netherlands  ranked #403 
New Zealand  ranked #51 
Spain  -