Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. ZAY-vyər(English)
ig-ZAY-vyər(English)
GZA-VYEH(French)
shu-vee-EHR(European Portuguese)
sha-vee-EHR(Brazilian Portuguese)
shə-bee-EH(Catalan)
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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 born in a village by 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.

Related Names

VariantsXzavier, Zavier, Xavior(English) Javier(Spanish)
DiminutivesXavi(Catalan) Javi(Spanish)
Feminine FormsXavia, Xaviera, Zavia(English) Javiera(Spanish)
Other Languages & CulturesXabier, Xabi(Basque) Saveriu(Corsican) Xabier(Galician) Xaver(German) Saverio(Italian) Ksawery(Polish)
User SubmissionXavièr

Popularity

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Name Days

France: December 3

Images

The Vision of Francis Xavier by Giovanni Battista GaulliThe Vision of Francis Xavier by Giovanni Battista Gaulli

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Entry updated April 25, 2021