Comments for the name Xavier

Comments for XAVIER:

The Amharic pronounce it, Eg-za-be-er.
-- gdh2b5  7/2/2005
This name is pronounced "shuh-vee-ehr" in Portuguese.
-- Ritakins  10/12/2005
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
Spanish speakers pronounce this name hah-VYAIR, and I think that is the best pronunciation.
-- Anonymous User  8/29/2006
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
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "Ksaviur".
-- Karcoolka  6/25/2007
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
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
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
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
In Czech, Polish and Slovak, it's ksa-vee-AIR.
-- MaggieSimpson  10/24/2009
ZAY-vee-ər? I'm an English speaker and I've only heard Xavier pronounced ZA-vee-ər.
-- Ailis  12/23/2009
In Portuguese this name is pronounced "Sha-vee-air".
-- hearnoevil8  6/14/2011
It's pronouncer Sha-vee-EHR in Portuguese. [noted -ed]
-- theadiragram  8/28/2011
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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