ex-ZAY-vee-er or ZAY-vee-er
"new house"

Xavier Origin and Meaning

The name Xavier is a boy's name of Arabic, Basque origin meaning "new house".

Xavier originated is use as a given name after Saint Francis Xavier, cofounder of the Jesuit order, who got his name from the Spanish-Basque village where he was born. His birthplace was Javier, the name of which was derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, meaning "castle" or "new house."

Many Americans pronounce the initial X, as in ex-ZAY-vee-er, but it's equally accepted to pronounce the name ZAY-vee-er, closer to the French pronunciation.

Today's parents are beginning to reassess Xavier, and it's as popular now as it's ever been. 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.

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.

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 kree8if spelling Xzavier.

# 105 in the US

Xavier Rank in US Top 1000

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Xavier Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Xavier Popularity

Famous People Named Xavier

  • Xavier CortadaAmerican painter
  • Xavier Hernandez CreusSpanish soccer player
  • Xavier RobertsAmerican businessman; creator of Cabbage Patch Kids
  • Xavier RhodesAmerican NFL football player
  • Xavier RuddAustralian singer songwriter
  • Xavier AtencioAmerican animator for the Disney Company
  • Xavier AdibiAmerican football player
  • Xavier HenryAmerican basketball player
  • Xavier HerbertAustralian writer
  • Xavier DolanCanadian actor and filmmaker
  • Xavier LerouxFrench composer
  • Xavier SilasAmerican basketball player
  • Xavier SamuelAustralian actor
  • Xavier BettelPrime 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 (b. 2004)son of business mogul Elon Musk; twin of brother Griffin
  • Xavier Henry Nady VII (b. 2008)son of baseball player Xavier Nady VI
  • Xavier Zechariah Wade (b. 2013)son of basketball player Dwyane Wade
  • Myles Xavier Tate (b. 2006)son of actor Larenz Tate
  • William Xavier Schur (b. 2008)son of J.J. Philbin and Michael Schur; grandson of TV personality Regis Philbin
  • Quincy Xavier Morgan (b. 2013)son of actors Kim Fields and Christopher Morgan
  • Saint Francis XavierSpanish missionary; cofounder of the Jesuit order

Xavier in Pop Culture

  • Professor Charles Xaviercharacter in the X,Men series
  • Xaviercharacter in "Matched" by Ally Condie
  • Xavier Lionfangcharacter in video game "AdventureQuestWorlds"
  • Xavier Danielsa minor villain on TV's "One Tree Hill"
  • Xavier DollsShamier Anderson's character on "Wynonna Earp"
  • Jack Xavier Basscharacter onTV series 'Gossip Girl'
  • Can be pronounced Xahvee,ay or Zah,vee,ay, mostly in French speaking places
  • Xavier Benedictcharacter in Jose Stirling series of "Benedict Brothers"

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