Gender: Male 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 2019: #91

Xavier Origin and Meaning

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

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 kreeatif spelling Xzavier.

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Rank in US: #91

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Pop Culture References for the name Xavier

Xzavier, Zavier, Javier, Xavaeir, Savion, Saviero, Xayver, Xaver, Xavior, Xabier, Xaviar, Xayvion, Xavon, Xavian, Xaiver, Xaviell,


BabyHall Says:


I thought the pronunciation was Zax-eev-air

Lia Says:


Professor X from X-Men is spelled the normal way: Xavier. Not Xzavier. Just saying.

georgiaxox Says:


My son is called Xavier, i hate when people call him Zay-vee-er as we always pronounced his name Ex-zay-vee-er. My friend called her son Xavier 5 years ago and she finds people always pronounce her Zay-vee-er Ex-zay-vee-er so i guess if you like the name you have to like both pronunciations.

Lesli Jenkins Says:


This is my son's middle name, his first name is Logan. Yes, it's after the X-men comics, my husband picked it out and I was clueless. Our son is now almost 22 and I like the name but be warned if you use it for a middle name, when filling out forms and you put a middle initial, people will say "if he doesn't have one, leave it blank". And I have to explain that he does have one and it begins with X.

SilverSky109 Says:


I was going to say the same thing!

indiefendi2 Says:


my eyes may be deceiving but I swear I just saw an (adult) girl with this name........ is nothing sacred

paulapuddephatt Says:


Same here. That's how I used to think you said it, when I first read it in a book, as a kid. Then this guy at work told me that it was Zay-vee-er and I loved it. It was only recently that I realised that a lot of people do pronounce the X. It really does sound like how a kid would say it, after just reading it in a book, when you say it that way - which is precisely what did happen with me.

snowsbeloved Says:


I love this name...especially for a girl. (I hate Xaviera). I usually don't like stealing from the boy camp...but I can't help myself with this one.

kxlly0614 Says:


Very cool name, love the X that comes in the front. The only problem is the pronunciation. I think with either way of saying this name, there will be people that will struggle to pronounce it.

Xavier Martini Says:


I really like that name I don't know why 😂 I have to say that most American don't know how to pronunce my name...

shelbynh Says:


I really like this name. It's cool!

Yessica Says:


Zay-vee-er or Ex-ay-vee-er

headintheclouds Says:


Xavier is one of the nicest and coolest boy names out there, and occupies that nice sweet spot of being well-known but not super common. I dislike the Ex-zay-vee-er pronunciation though, and detest the Xzavier spelling. Zay-vee-er and the Xavier spelling is the way to go! It just sounds effortlessly cool and put together, also stylish and classic. Other bonuses are the wonderful meaning of the name, and its very international nature, being a relatively well-known name in many countries around the world.

Catastroffy Says:


In France this is pronounced "ZAV-yih".

Essa Says:


This should definitely pronounced Zay-vee-er not Ex-zay-vee-er. For the latter pronunciation Xzavier would be a better spellinf even though it does look ridiculous.

indiefendi2 Says:


I've only heard zay-vee-er one time and from an Australian guy saying it. Every other time I've hear ex-zay-vee-er. Javier has a Romantic sound to it. ha-vee-air that is.

moraea Says:


This is my son's name and his nn is Xa. Pronounced zay and zay-vee-air. My husband is Hispanic and we lived in a primarily Hispanic community for a while and I hate it when ppl call him Javier. His mn is Ramon after his ggpa and we wouldn't call him Javier Raymond, it's Xavier Ramon. If a parent or the person who's name it is doesn't specifically tell you it's ok to call them something else then don't unless you've known them long/well enough to know it's ok. My daughter's name is completely in English but if she get full named, or very frequently other times too, we say her name in Spanish. It all depends on the person

alexandra mae Says:


I've always liked this name but can't stand the common pronunciation of X-zay-vee-er.

Chrisco Says:


Can also be taken to mean "Savior", or "new house" (Basque: etche = "house", berri = "new")

carissaaa Says:


In the name info, the Spanish pronunciation is not "HAH-vee-ay" but something like "hah-vee-AIR".

fuzzycub Says:


It's cool, and it has the nicknames Xavy and Xay.