(Closed) Settle this debate: How do pronounce the name Xavier?

posted 8 years ago in Names
  • poll: How do you pronounce the name?

    ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from the US)

    ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from Britain, Canada, Australia, or elsewhere)

    eck-ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from the US)

    eck-ZAY-vee-er (and I'm from Britain, Canada, Australia, or elsewhere)

  • Post # 47
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Zav-yay it’s french

    Post # 48
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am from cincinnati ohio and there is a school here called xavier and we all pretty much pronounce it zav-ier

    Post # 49
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 1999

    I am from Wisconsin and have only heard it “Eck-ZAY-vee-yer”.

    Post # 50
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    Helper bee

    I have only heard it pronounced Ex-zay-vee-er and I live in Ohio.

    Post # 51
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve heard it pronounced both ways. I don’t really think either is wrong.

    Post # 52
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    @Gavinsmamma  tee hee- I was going to mention St. Francis Xavier, too, but we would pronounce it ZAY-ve-er!

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    @Gavinsmamma  and we’re from Ohio, too, and so I’m probably also thinking of the pronunciation of the school!

    ETA: the above was really DH’s answer, but I’m trying to think of how I say it without thinking about it cuz I’m sure I’ve herad both ways, and I definitely think I err on more ZAY-ve-er, probably simply b/c it’s easier to say that way!

    Post # 53
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012 - Hacienda los Agaves

    OTHER!!!

    In spanish it’s Ha-vier.. but here it’s spelled with a J.. Javier

    Post # 54
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    A friend just had a baby – I was corrected when I pronounced it wrong the first time. They would like his name pronounced ZAY-VEE-ER; the X is silent.

    We are in northern Virginia – pretty international.

    Post # 55
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We have a school in my state with that name, and everyone I know says it “ZAY-vee-er”, never heard it the other way!

    Post # 56
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’m in Australia and I’ve only ever known Xaviers pronounced ZAY-vee-er here.

    Post # 57
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Canadian and “Hav-ee-ay.”

    I had a Spanish friend with that name.

    Post # 58
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’m in Australia and as a teacher I have heard it pronounced 3 different ways:

    Ex-ay-Vee-ah

    Zay-Vee-ah

    And (oddest of all)

    Zay-bee-air (??) (no I don’t think it was cultural)

    ETA: Xaviers are up their in my “do not name” list with Aiden/Jayden names due the fact the majority I have met have been trouble hehehe (no offence as per everything there are exceptions BUT I have a preconceived idea of some names now and so couldn’t use them for my children MYSELF)

    Post # 59
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    It’s Zay vee yer in Aus. The X is pronounced as a Z, no e in front

    Post # 60
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    well I guess you can peonounce it anyway you like- But I went to a Jesuit school from the age of 5-18 and we had a class called xavier throughout-

     

    It was named after the jesuit saint- and pronounced zavier….. 🙂

    Post # 61
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    eckeck-eck-zeck-zaFrom California and I’ve usually heard it pronounced eck

    Sent from my Android

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