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If Xavier means "The New House" that means that it actually is a variant of Casanova (from Casa Nova).
― Anonymous User  5/30/2018
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Prince Xavier of Bourbon Parma and King Xavier, first of Winovia born 12/5/79.
deva  5/4/2017
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Xavier is my last name. Wish it weren't used so much for a first name.
JRX89  4/20/2017
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As a USA born Latino American, the USA Spanish pronunciation of my name Xavier sounded like: “Sab-yehrrr” (trill the r),
And/or with the V sounding like a hard ‘b’ sound ("b grande"). Though due to the prominence of the other Spanish “Javier”, I answered to the same childhood nick-name “Xavi / Javi”, pronounced “Ha-Vee”. Mostly though, the nickname of my generation was “X-Man!”, based both on the retired basketball star Xavier McDaniel and of course the comic book “The Uncanny X-Men” and the main character Charles Xavier… I still prefer to use the French pronunciation whenever I travel through Europe and non English/Spanish speaking countries :)
― Anonymous User  3/19/2017
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Xavier "Xavi" Hernández Creus is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Qatari club Al Sadd SC.
lilolaf  1/25/2017
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Xavier Kurt Naidoo, also known by his stage name Kobra, is a German Soul and R&B singer/songwriter, record producer, and occasional actor. Born and raised in Mannheim, Naidoo worked in several jobs in the food and music industries before relocating to the United States in the early 1990s, where he released his first full-length English-language album Seeing Is Believing under his stage name Kobra in 1994. He currently resides in his native Germany.
cutenose  1/12/2017
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Xavier is my sons middle name, it's a strong Catholic name. Pronounced Zavier.
egor0328  10/24/2016
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My sister named her son, Xavier William. Xavier was the name choice of his father and William after our dad. To all the people hating on this name, nobody is forcing you to like it or to name your son this. Calm down and keep your rude comments to yourselves.
KenniWinchester  9/3/2016
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Childish, juvenile, and won't age well.
Luvbug86  9/3/2016
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I really like this name, it's easily in my top 10 list of favorite names. I think it's very unique and also very masculine as well; this name's awesome.
-Nick-  5/29/2016
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I have always wondered whether Xavier is not somewhat derived from the very noble 'Savior' attribute within the Christian faith. Or perhaps the similarity in pronunciation is a mere coincidence.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2016
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For some reason, all names that start with X look evil to me... I don't know why.
Oleg Karachi  1/10/2016
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I personally like the name, I prefer the Catalan pronunciation more than the English pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  12/18/2015
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One of my Spanish friends has Xavier as his name, and he pronounces it as SHA-Vee-Air.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2015
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The name is originally basque and it's written with b, Xabier, although in Australia, France and Germany it's written with v, Xavier. It is thought to mix the basque words of 'house' and 'new'. The name Xavier became popular worldwide because of the founder of the Jesuit order and saint, Francisco Javier (Franciscus Xaverius in Latin) who was born in the Basque Country, north of Spain. If any of you follow European football, you may know this name due to the great basque player, Xabi(er) Alonso (he now plays for the Bayern of Munich).
This name is among the most popular names in the Basque Country and apparently, it's expanding to other countries.
Basque (original): Xabier
Spanish: Javier (like the Spanish actor Javier Bardem)
French, German, Australian: Xavier.
Mersarville  8/6/2015
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More names ought to begin with X. It's really cool.
IsolationHedge  4/5/2015
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My 3 year old has this name. Never regretted it. It makes me think of someone strong- a leader, unafraid.
topaz10xav  1/10/2015
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We called our son Xavier Oscar. Everyone loves the name Xavier. We pronounce it zay-vee-er. For short we call him Xav (pronounced zay-v).

He's only 4 but occasionally he'll pronounce it za-VYAY (French). We don't mind...

We love this name and it's very different.
MNicholls  10/10/2014
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Xavier Foster (also known as Kiyama Hiroto) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
― Anonymous User  10/3/2014
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This is a handsome, cool & awesome name for a boy. ^____^
― Anonymous User  8/10/2014
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My best friend named her son this. I didn't want to let her know how much I hated it. It's such a hard name to say and spell, too. When we write emails to each other, we both call him X. I don't think that was her intention when she named him.
melly2  6/27/2014
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My boyfriend's name is Xavier. I have always liked the name, but at first wasn't sure how to pronounce it. At first I always pronounced the X (X-avier). Many other people that know him say it like zavier. Now I say both, it changes each time. Generally, when I say it pronounced with a Z it is more endearing.
― Anonymous User  4/19/2014
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It's ok, but I don't see why it's all of a sudden in the top 100. I've only heard it pronounced ex-AY-vee-ur, which sounds the best in my opinion. The French pronunciation is so much more interesting than the English one, as usual! Overall I can't say I hate this name, its just not a favorite. And it's apparently quite popular, although I've only met one Xavier and he was born before the name was in the top 100. Oh, and there's also an actor called Xavier Samuel.
― Anonymous User  6/17/2013
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Francis Xavier is sometimes used as a double first name, or first and middle name, by Catholics in honour of the saint. Francisco Javier (the Spanish form of the name) is quite a frequent combination in Spain. It's also used in other languages: Francesco Saverio (Italian), François-Xavier (French), Francesc Xavier (Catalan) and others.
overtheclouds  12/29/2012
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I like best it pronounced ex-ay-vee-er the best but I like zay-vee-er as well.
michelle.ramirez  4/25/2012
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I pronounce the X. Otherwise why not just have a Z and be done with it? I like the X sound much better.
Sareh L.  2/24/2012
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It's pronouncer Sha-vee-EHR in Portuguese. [noted -ed]
theadiragram  8/28/2011
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In Portuguese this name is pronounced "Sha-vee-air".
hearnoevil8  6/14/2011
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This is my son's middle name. One of the reasons I chose it is because of how unique and standout it is. It was the perfect name for us to use in the middle name position because it provided a lot of spunk and personality to a very classic first name. :)
― Anonymous User  5/3/2011
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Such a great name, truly. I love this name and I have for a very long time!
xxlovedisxx  5/3/2011
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Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio is one of the top ranked colleges in the Midwestern United States. It is also well known for it's strong basketball program.

The university is named for St. Francis Xavier (whose feast day is today!) and offers co-educational liberal arts Jesuit education to about 6,000 students.

The student body is adamant about the correct pronunciation of their school's name: ZAY-vyər. Anyone saying eks-zay-vee-er will be fiercely corrected.
glassmidnight  12/3/2010
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I prefer the Spanish pronunciation. The English just sounds a little harsh and unnatural to me.
IrishKisses  9/11/2010
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Xavier Hernández Creus is a Spanish footballer who plays as a midfielder in Barcelona FC and Spanish national team. Known simply by his name Xavi. Considered as one of the best players in the world.
Nighteyes  7/18/2010
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I absolutely love any name beginning with X.
Anton  3/8/2010
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ZAY-vee-ər? I'm an English speaker and I've only heard Xavier pronounced ZA-vee-ər.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2009
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In Czech, Polish and Slovak, it's ksa-vee-AIR.
MaggieSimpson  10/24/2009
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Pop singer and actor Donnie Wahlberg and Kimberly Fey have a son Xavier Alexander Wahlberg (born March 4th, 1993).
MaggieSimpson  10/24/2009
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I really like this name! It's elegant, handsome, and sweet!
-Julia-  9/3/2009
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I knew one Xavier and we all called him Xebbie, pronounced Zebby. I think the name's a little too pompous on its own, but with a nickname like Xebbie, it's less extreme, less elite.
Veronica_Mignon  9/3/2009
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I like the name Xavier. Love the various pronunciations, but hate the HA-VEE-AIR one. I don't like the name Javier, only the 'Xavier' one. I knew an Xavier in high school and we all called him 'Zay'. I think that's a cute nickname also.
Bajafresh  8/11/2009
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I like this name, but I can't stand how people pronounce it with an X sound or even spell it Xzavier or Exavier. Xavier also seems to have become a ghetto name instead of a Catholic name, at least in the US. What a pity.
bananarama  8/5/2009
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The 'X' in Xavier (Xabier in Basque, like Xabi Alonso, the footplayer) is pronounced in Basque like 'SH' in English: Shabier.
― Anonymous User  7/8/2009
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This is a cute name! I have a Mexican cousin with this name. We pronounce it X-avier with the X exaggerated. I think in Spanish they pronounce it HA-vier with the "ha" sound instead of X. Either way, I like it.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2009
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I quite like this name! I would personally pronounce it ZAY-vee-ər. It's quite a handsome name, though I'd more likely use it as a middle name than as first name.
emmiix3  4/1/2009
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This would be a great name if the pronunciation weren't so varied by country, and personal preference! The French za-VYAY sounds best to my ears, but it's not a name I'd like to have as I'm sure I'd hear nothing but eks-AY-vyur or igs-AY-vyur all the time.
Samchjo  3/15/2009
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Xavier is my 2nd son's name. I love this name. To me, this name is regal. It's elegant and modern. For those of you who hate it, you have no taste. There are many ways people pronounce this name. At first, I would pronounce it Zay-vier but I liked how it sounded when I would pronounce the X. Ex-ay-vier. When I talk to my son in spanish, I say his name Zah-vee-er. His nickname is Xavi pronounced Zah-vee.
carolina812r  1/6/2009
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Elsewhere, I read that it means light. Will have to cross-check that.
abbasdaughter  9/26/2008
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There are two universities in the United States, one in Louisiana and the other in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Cincinnati Xavier University is one of the top colleges in the Midwest with one of the best NCAA basketball teams.
glassmidnight  6/30/2008
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I've heard this name here in the Netherlands and I hate it. The x at the front just doesn't seem right to me. Anyway, here in Holland we say ksaa-VJAY.
renee06  6/13/2008
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I always liked this name. It sounds very cool. I will consider this name if I have a son.
number1212  6/13/2008
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I don't like the idea of using saint names or missionary names, but technically, this was the surname of the guy that was both. Despite the rather harsh beginning sound, the name is quite cool. I used to associate this with the German pop singer Xavier Naidoo, who rather annoyed me.
slight night shiver  5/13/2008
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This is my name. I am very familiar with the difficulties English speakers have understanding this name because it was not popular when I was named. HERE'S HOW IT IS:
gzahv-YAY is the proper French pronunciation
hahv-YAIR is the proper Spanish pronunciation
ek-ZAYV-yuhr is the proper English pronunciation
English speakers will frequently mispronounce the name a dozen different ways and confuse it with many other names.
Now you've got it from the horse's mouth.
xman  2/28/2008
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In Spanish, it's Ha-vee-AIR.
In English, it's "ZAY-vee-er".
And NEVER is it meant to be pronounced ek-SAY-vee-er, except maybe in French, a language I know little about.
That said, it's a rather tacky name and overused in alphabet books.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2008
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Xavier de Rosnay and Gaspard Augé make up the French electro house band Justice.
rory  2/1/2008
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My husband is French and his son from his previous marriage, my stepson, is named Xavier. In French the pronunciation is eg-ZAH-vee-ay. It took my French teacher a full half hour to teach me to say it right because the American brain wants x's to sound like z's instead of "egz" -- that is, with a slight vowel sound at the start.
leananshae  11/26/2007
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Personally, I love the name Xavier. I think it's a wonderful name implying strength and conjuring images of modern young princes.
rupertbunyip  11/16/2007
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Don't give your kid this name unless you're Spanish.
johann14  10/1/2007
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Unless you're Spanish? I really like this name, I think it's unusual without being totally unheard of or unpronouncable. It's got a nice "z" sound if you choose to pronounce it like that, too. I think it's really nice sounding and strong.
TSato  12/20/2007
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Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "Ksaviur".
Karcoolka  6/25/2007
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The pronunciation for XAVIER in original languages such as Catalan, gives the initial X a sound as the English "Ch" or "Sh", and totally mutes the ending R.

cha-VYAY (Catalan)

Xavier Castellà www.uniweb.cl/xavier.castella
xaviercastella  12/20/2006
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This name is not all that uncommon. I know of 5 Xaviers. All kids under 3 except for one who is 8. It has become very common in the last couple of years.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2006
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I personally really like the name Xavier. I picture a strong, handsome person when I hear this name.
― Anonymous User  11/13/2006
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I absolutely HATE this name! It is so ugly! To all Xaviers out there, I am sorry, but that is my least favorite boy name! I hate it!
libbygirl  10/8/2006
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Spanish speakers pronounce this name hah-VYAIR, and I think that is the best pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2006
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It's not actually that important, but the head of the X-Men has Xavier as his last name.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2006
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I happen to really like this name; I think it sounds beautiful and is very classy. A lot of different types of people could pull this name off well. But I have a bias for unusual names. I will jump off a cliff before I name anything John, Micheal or Mary.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2006
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St. Francis Xavier University is the #1 undergraduate university in Canada.
― Anonymous User  8/1/2006
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My son is called Xavier. We pronounce it as a flat zah-vee-ur, unlike any of the ones suggested here. Most people have never heard of it. We are Greek and it goes well with our surname.
Xavielli  7/24/2006
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A form of Xavier is Xabi. Xabi Alonso plays for Liverpool Football Club and Spain.
― Anonymous User  7/19/2006
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Xavier was one of Jigsaw's victims in Saw II (a movie). His name was pronounced ig-ZAY-vyur. On another note, this is one of my favorite names.
Mithos514  7/1/2006
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I really don't like this name. There is nothing appealing about it and for some reason it is becoming popular. I think it is because of the letter X, but I read somewhere that it is actually pronounced with a Z sound.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2006
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Xavier Rudd is a popular Australian musician. Xavier Roide played keyboards for the band Placebo on tour.
viper  5/28/2006
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Too pretentious. I imagine someone with slick-backed hair, pencil thin mustache, wearing a leisure suit, and smoking a pipe.
― Anonymous User  3/17/2006
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This is a stupid name.
dmforsythe  12/22/2005
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Xavier is the name (sorry, can't remember if it was first or middle name) of the man who wrote the songs to Disney's Pirates of the Carribean and Disney's Haunted Mansion, and I think others too!
― Anonymous User  11/8/2005
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In reference to the comment left on 11/8, his name is Xavier Atencio.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2006
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This name is pronounced "shuh-vee-ehr" in Portuguese.
Ritakins  10/12/2005
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Xavier Roberts is the creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls.
― Anonymous User  10/8/2005
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The male name Xavier in Arabic means "Bright".
knowledge20021984  9/24/2005
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A famous bearer of the name is German singer Xavier Naidoo.
Evaria  8/9/2005
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This name means "God" in Amharic, the national language of Ethiopia.
gdh2b5  7/2/2005
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The Amharic pronounce it, Eg-za-be-er.
gdh2b5  7/2/2005

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