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How do you pronounce Xavier?

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BoilYerHeid Wed 14-Feb-18 12:17:56

Have just seen this on another thread and as we are really struggling with boys names I'm adding it to our list.

Just wondered how you would pronounce it? I had been trying to steer clear of names with multiple pronunciations... I can think of

Zay-vee-ur (like saviour)


Zah-vee-ay (French sounding)

Does that accord with others' thoughts? I have a Scottish accent btw...

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Wed 14-Feb-18 12:18:46

Zay vee ur

BevBrook Wed 14-Feb-18 12:19:34

I would say Zav Ee Ay.

muffyduffster Wed 14-Feb-18 12:21:16

Oh a hybrid, sorry!
I'm English but speak French 🙈

BevBrook Wed 14-Feb-18 12:21:29

Just to add I know a little Xavier and he is known as Zavvy pronounced Za-Vee, so I guess his full name must be pronounced Zav Ee Ay otherwise he would be Zay-Vee. Or something.

trixymalixy Wed 14-Feb-18 12:21:57

It can be pronounced differently in different countries.

I've heard about 4 different pronunciations.

Lowdoorinthewal1 Wed 14-Feb-18 12:23:53

I would say Zay-ve-ur.

blackteaplease Wed 14-Feb-18 12:24:22

Zah vee uh with a short a similar to xander.

GlitteryPegasus Wed 14-Feb-18 12:24:53


twinone Wed 14-Feb-18 12:26:54

Hav-ee-ay is how I would pronounce it, never heard of it as Zav before.

Hoppinggreen Wed 14-Feb-18 12:28:43

I speak Spanish so to me it starts with a H

Hoppinggreen Wed 14-Feb-18 12:30:24

Mind you that’s the French spelling so I suppose
Zav-i -ey

Arapaima Wed 14-Feb-18 12:30:24


frenchfancy Wed 14-Feb-18 12:30:59

I know a few French Xaviers. All pronounced Zav ee ay

Mum2OneTeen Wed 14-Feb-18 12:31:09

Ex-ay-vier (Boy at DD's primary school)

LinoleumBlownapart Wed 14-Feb-18 12:34:40

Xavier is the Portuguese and Catalonian version of Zavier. I speak Portuguese so I say Sha-vi-air, in Catalonian I think it's Sa-vi-air with something between sh and s.

With Z I say Za-vi-air or Zay-ve-aye like Spanish or French.

Knittedfairies Wed 14-Feb-18 12:35:15

BoilYerHeid Wed 14-Feb-18 12:36:21

Hmm ok thanks for the replies. If we are trying to avoid a name with multiple pronunciations this may not be the one. It just looks so pretty!

cheshiremama89 Wed 14-Feb-18 12:43:16


FlexTimeCheekyFucker Wed 14-Feb-18 12:44:14


prettymess Wed 14-Feb-18 12:53:06


MikeUniformMike Wed 14-Feb-18 12:53:48

I would say Zave-yer to rhyme with Saviour.
Other people might say Ex-Ay-vee-uh, Zav-yer, etc.

I would avoid using it for this reason.

exWifebeginsat40 Wed 14-Feb-18 13:21:53

have-ee-ay. with a spanish ‘kh’ sound at the beginning.

DreamingofSunshine Wed 14-Feb-18 13:25:10

This is BIL's name and he is French.
He pronounces it "zah-vee- ayyy" but it drives him to despair that it is pronounced differently so often or mispronounced/misspelt.

Americans call him X-ay- vee- errr.

Undies1990 Wed 14-Feb-18 13:27:01

Zav i err

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