Settle this debate: How do pronounce the name Xavier?

posted 6 years ago in Names
  • poll: How do you pronounce the name?
    ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from the US) : (139 votes)
    28 %
    ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from Britain, Canada, Australia, or elsewhere) : (63 votes)
    13 %
    eck-ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from the US) : (238 votes)
    48 %
    eck-ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from Britain, Canada, Australia, or elsewhere) : (59 votes)
    12 %
  • Post # 3
    5758 posts
    Bee Keeper

    The X is silent and sounds more like a Z.

    Post # 4
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012


    I’m from Michigan – very close to Canada

    Post # 5
    7296 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    im from Canada and chose the last option.

    Post # 6
    2105 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’ve actually never heard someone pronounce it the way you do.  Other than the way your husband says it, the only other form I’ve heard is the hispanic Javier (pronounced like “Hah-vee-er”)

    ETA: I’m originally from California

    Post # 7
    392 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m in the UK and pronounce it Ex-zay-vee-er

    Post # 8
    2494 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have taught a “Zay-vee-er” but I always think of Professer “EX-Ay-Vee-Er” from X-men, so I say both.


    I’m Canadian, eh? 😛

    Post # 9
    6893 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    ZAY-vee-er, though I’ve heard it pronounced both ways in both the US and in Britain where a lot of my family is from.

    To me it’s just like Xander- I say “Zander” not Eck-Zander…I don’t know anyone who says “Eck-zander” in that case.

    Post # 10
    1130 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    eck-ZAY-vee-er – and I’m from Canada. I’ve actually only known it pronounced that way (could also be because I know the name from X-Men haha)!

    Post # 11
    2065 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I’ve always heard it eck-ZAY-vee-er

    Post # 12
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Anyone I have ever met named Xavier was pronounced eck-ZAY-vee-er.

    Post # 13
    205 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Ive always said eck-zay-vee-er and i’m from FL in the US.

    Post # 14
    270 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Xavier is my SO middle name and someday will be our DS middle name too 🙂

    We pronounce it Eck-zay-vee-er

    Post # 15
    2196 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    Zay-vee-er. I’m from Oregon state.  Eck-Zay-vee-er reminds me of X-men.

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