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Gender: M Pronunciation: ZAY-vee-er Meaning of Xavier: "bright" Origin of Xavier: Basque Xavier's Popularity in 2014: #88

Xavier is one of the only X names most people know and use, often as a middle name following Francis, as in Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the Spanish-Basque village where he was born.

Today's parents are beginning to reassess Xavier, now just outside the Top 90--almost the highest its ever been ranked. It is popular in several countries, and is in the Top 15 in Quebec.

Xavier was chosen for their sons by Donnie Wahlberg and Tilda Swinton-- as well as for the middle name of Larenz Tate's son Miles and Kim Fields' Quincy. Note that though that the initial 'x' does have a distinct appeal, the correct pronunciation has it beginning with a 'z' sound.

The Spanish classic Javier, pronounced HAH-vee-ay, has come into greater prominence via Oscar-winning Javier Bardem.

Trivia note: the X-men comics introduced the creatif spelling Xzavier.

Famous People Named Xavier

Xavier Cortada, American painter
Xavier Hernandez Creus, Spanish soccer player
Xavier Roberts, American businessman
Xavier Rudd, Australian singer songwriter
Xavier Atencio, American animator for the Disney Company
Xavier Adibi, American football player
Xavier Henry, American basketball player
Xavier Herbert, Australian writer
Xavier Dolan, Canadian actor and filmmaker
Xavier Leroux, French composer
Xavier Silas, American basketball player
Xavier Alexander Wahlberg, son of American actor Donnie Wahlberg
Xavier Musk, son of billionaire Elon Musk
Xavier Samuel, Australian actor

Pop Culture References for the name Xavier

Professor Charles Xavier, character in the X-Men series
Xavier, character in "Matched" by Ally Condie
Xavier Lionfang, character in video game "AdventureQuestWorlds"
Xavier Daniels, a minor villain on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Can also be pronounced Xah-vee-ay or Zah-vee-ay, mostly in French speaking places