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Whatdo you think of a boy / man called

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PrinceGeorgeTheCutest Thu 09-Nov-17 03:01:09

Pronounced Zay-Ve-Er

What kind of boy do you imagine?
What kind of man?

FenellaMaxwellsPony Thu 09-Nov-17 03:21:21

Do you mean zay-vee-er or zay-veh-er?

The former, I would think "that's being pronounced unusually." The latter, I would think "that's being pronounced wrong."

The only one I can think of who pronounces it like that is the character from X-Men TBH. I know a few but they are either Zah-vee-ay or Ha-vee-air

I think it's one of those names where you will constantly have to correct people.

Awwlookatmybabyspider Thu 09-Nov-17 04:20:35

Jett black hair. Blue eyes.
Very sweet and mild mannered, but great sense of humour and also incredibly popular
Grows up to be a Doctor.

MorningstarMoon Thu 09-Nov-17 04:28:09

I think that name is pronounced ex-a-vier it's a nice name

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 09-Nov-17 04:45:23

There are loads of ways to pronounce it.

I’d think: nice chap, either Spanish or pretentious parents.

AstridWhite Thu 09-Nov-17 04:50:59

It is NOT pronounce Ex-a-vier in any language that I know!

I know a Xavier, he's French and it's pronounced Zav-ee-eh but the ay on the end is quite soft sounding, a bit like somewhere between ay and eh

Callamia Thu 09-Nov-17 05:12:01

I also know French Xavier; Zav-ee-yey.

It’s a lovely name, and I guess it would sound more like Zavvier anglicised.

Cornishmumofone Thu 09-Nov-17 06:05:13

One of my uni lecturers was called Xavier: zay-vee-er. He was cool and quirky.

sashh Thu 09-Nov-17 06:14:57

I think that name is pronounced ex-a-vier it's a nice name

I think it is only pronounced that way in an American TV show.

Xavier, for some reason conjures up an image of a Jesuit priest in Shogun.

But it is a cool name.

Ionarocks Thu 09-Nov-17 06:33:03

I know one. I thought it was a bit odd as both parents are British with no connection to France but quite cool.

SerendipityFelix Thu 09-Nov-17 06:35:55

As a boy, I imagine a child whose parents are either X-men/Marvel comic fans (so would expect the child to be pretty cool in a quirky/sciency way, encouraged to express themselves, perhaps with niche or non-mainstream interests) or parents have French/Spanish heritage, so perhaps bilingual, slightly worldly/sophisticated.

As a man, either of these children who grew up often explaining/correcting his name and being memorable to people because of it, so someone who is patient, individual, independent, articulate, kind, empathetic, self confident.

AuntieStella Thu 09-Nov-17 06:36:38

I'd pronounce it zav-ee-air, and would expect a handsome Frenchman trailing Gauloises

Or hav-ee-ay and an earnest UNHCR worker

I think it's a lovely name.

DancesWithOtters Thu 09-Nov-17 06:43:16

I've only heard it pronounced ha-vee-air.

NerrSnerr Thu 09-Nov-17 06:45:49

I’d also pronounce Zay-vey-yur. I’d think it was a quiet boy, not sure why.

AstridWhite Thu 09-Nov-17 08:27:04

Hav-ee-air is the Spanish pronunciation, Zav-ee-aye/eh is the French.

pipilangstrumpf Thu 09-Nov-17 08:32:20

I’d say Ksa-vee-eh

Toddlerteaplease Thu 09-Nov-17 08:36:40

I think of Xavier Roberts. The founder of the cabbage patch. His name is tattooed on every cabbage patch kids bum!

iseenodust Thu 09-Nov-17 08:37:30

Xavier was the name of the little boy in our school French books. So up there with Biff and Chip grin

PrinceGeorgeTheCutest Thu 09-Nov-17 08:47:17

Yes NerrSnerr that's the Anglicized pronunciation we're going for

SerendipityFelix hahah yep on the former

Crumbs1 Thu 09-Nov-17 08:48:11

It’s Zav-EE-ay in English, Hav-EE-ay if Spanish or South American.

It’s quite a Catholic name and I think it’s lovely but one lad I knew was in care of local authority, tiny blonde thing who spent half his life in the police station.
In general I’d think he had educated middle class parents - unless mispronounced, in which case aspirational parents or old money Catholic family like the Norfolks.

MollyHuaCha Thu 09-Nov-17 08:53:03

I’ve only heard it pronounced ZA-vee-e. I quite like it.

PrinceGeorgeTheCutest Thu 09-Nov-17 09:00:44

Toddlerteaplease cool fact

PrinceGeorgeTheCutest Thu 09-Nov-17 09:02:35

I think that name is pronounced ex-a-vier it's a nice name
Only in the movies

Flywheel Thu 09-Nov-17 09:08:45

There was a nun in school called Sr Xavier. It was pronounced beginning with a Z and rhyming with saviour. In fact I used to think her name was Sr Saviour until I saw it written down.

SevenNationArmyWife Thu 09-Nov-17 09:10:41

The only one I’ve known was a French man who wore too much scent and never met his targets at work.

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