User comments for Xavier (Pronunciation Only)

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
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.
― Anonymous User  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
One of my Spanish friends has Xavier as his name, and he pronounces it as SHA-Vee-Air.
― Anonymous User  10/31/2015
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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