PronouncedPron.ZAY-vyər (English), ig-ZAY-vyər (English), GZA-VYE (French), shu-VYER (European Portuguese), sha-vee-ER (Brazilian Portuguese), shə-bee-E (Catalan)
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.
The Vision of Francis Xavier by Giovanni Battista Gaulli