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Gender: M Pronunciation: ex-ZAY-vee-er or ZAY-vee-er Meaning of Xavier: "new house or bright" Origin of Xavier: Basque or Arabic Xavier's Popularity in 2015: #90

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 at Number 90--almost the highest it has 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. Many Americans pronounce the iniitial X, as in ex-ZAY-vee-er, but it's equally accepted to pronounce the name ZAY-vee-er, closer to the French pronunciation.

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 kreeatif spelling Xzavier.

Famous People Named Xavier

Xavier Cortada, American painter
Xavier Hernandez Creus, Spanish soccer player
Xavier Roberts, American businessman; creator of Cabbage Patch Kids
Xavier Rhodes, American NFL football player
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 Samuel, Australian actor
Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Xavier Alexander Wahlberg (b. 1993), son of actor Donnie Wahlberg
Xavier Swinton Byrne (b. 1997), son of actors Tilda Swinton and John Byrne; twin of sister Honor
Xavier Musk, son of business mogul Elon Musk
Xavier Zechariah Wade (b. 2013), son of basketball player Dwyane Wade
Xavier Henry Nady VII (b. 2008), son of baseball player Xavier Nady VI
Quincy Xavier Morgan (b. 2013), son of actors Kim Fields and Christopher Morgan
William Xavier Schur (b. 2008), son of J.J. Philbin and Michael Schur; grandson of TV personality Regis Philbin
Myles Xavier Tate (b. 2006), son of actor Larenz Tate

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