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#1 riwybo

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

DH & I finally have a name we both like *shock horror* our one problem is pronunciation. I prn it Zavier,  DH says ex-aveir...... We dont like the way each of us say it lol
So how do YOU say this name & what do you think is the most common/correct pronunciation?

Edited by riwymk, 12 January 2013 - 08:22 AM.


#2 farfaraway

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:24 AM

Love it pronounced Za-vier. Was on our boy list too, I haven't heard it pronounced Ex-avier for a long time.

EFS because my iPad has the stupids.

Edited by farfaraway, 12 January 2013 - 08:25 AM.


#3 MrsLexiK

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:29 AM

Za vier

#4 No girls here

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:30 AM

I like it, but only if it's pronounced Zavier

#5 HRH Countrymel

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

'Zah vee ay' is how I pronounce it.

That or 'Zay V er' are the right pronunciation.


'Ex ay V er' is a bit embarrassing to hear.

#6 fifi-trixibelle

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

I say Zay-vee-er. Ex-a-ver makes me laugh.

#7 katexach

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:35 AM

We have a Xavier - and we pronounce it Zavier (i just hate that spelling)

We find most people follow our lead and pronounce it Zavier.....

#8 ♥~Bodhichitta~♥

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:36 AM

Okay, I'll put my hand up and say I'm the doofus that pronounces it ex-aveir  happy.gif

#9 doubting thomas

Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:39 AM

Put me off the name to be honest when a friend came around and kept saying " i hear you're thinking of naming him  eks-zavier" Ucky!

Edited by doubting thomas, 12 January 2013 - 08:39 AM.


#10 vanessa71

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

Zavier

Same as I would pronounce Xanthe, I would never say Ex-zanthe.

Edited by vanessa71, 12 January 2013 - 09:18 AM.


#11 Liadan

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:23 AM

Xylophone isn't pronounced "ex-zylo-fone" not sure why people think that Xavier is pronounced "ex-zay-vier"

Maybe it's because of x-ray?

All other words that start with X, are pronounced as if they start with a Z.

example(thank you google):
Xanthan, Xanthic, Xenopus, Xerarch, Xerosis, Xerotic, Xerox, Xeruses, Xiphoid, Xylenes, Xylidin, Xylitol. Xyloses, Xysters

X-ray is the only word that I can think of that is pronounced with an "ex", but as it is a hyphenated word (like E-mail) the X is pronounced as the letter, rather than the word being pronounced as "zray".

#12 riwybo

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

QUOTE (Liadan @ 12/01/2013, 09:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Xylophone isn't pronounced "ex-zylo-fone" not sure why people think that Xavier is pronounced "ex-zay-vier"

Maybe it's because of x-ray?

All other words that start with X, are pronounced as if they start with a Z.

example(thank you google):
Xanthan, Xanthic, Xenopus, Xerarch, Xerosis, Xerotic, Xerox, Xeruses, Xiphoid, Xylenes, Xylidin, Xylitol. Xyloses, Xysters

X-ray is the only word that I can think of that is pronounced with an "ex", but as it is a hyphenated word (like E-mail) the X is pronounced as the letter, rather than the word being pronounced as "zray".


I will be making this point to DH original.gif

#13 . . .

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:27 AM

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Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 02:47 PM.


#14 Poss and Soss

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

QUOTE (fifi-trixibelle @ 12/01/2013, 09:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I say Zay-vee-er. Ex-a-ver makes me laugh.

I had no idea people said it ex-ay-vee-er or ex-ay-vyer. Strange!

#15 mypumpkins

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:31 AM

If it was pronounced Exavier it would have an e in front of it, like exit, exhale,exchange.

#16 mypumpkins

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

Dp

Edited by mypumpkins, 12 January 2013 - 09:34 AM.


#17 Therese

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:38 AM

I would pronounce it Zavier.

#18 riwybo

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

QUOTE (mypumpkins @ 12/01/2013, 09:31 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If it was pronounced Exavier it would have an e in front of it, like exit, exhale,exchange.


Good point. I'll prove this to DH also. He thinks I'm wrong & because it starts with X it's prn "ex-avier"

#19 ComradeBob

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:45 AM

Zavier is how I pronounce it. I've always assumed that people who pronounce the X are unaware of the historical context and correct pronunciation.

#20 Ianthe

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:49 AM

Zay-vier is correct. Ex-zay-vier makes me homicidal.

#21 Genabee

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

I think it is very American to pronounce it as X-avier...

The few Xaviers I know, all pronounce it as Zavier, but spell it with the traditional X....

#22 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:57 AM

Behind the name pays both pronunciations (although bizarrely lists the ex- sound as ig) - but zay-vier is more common than ex-zay-vier.

I know two kids with the name Xavier, different pronunciations.

#23 Kay1

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

QUOTE
Zavier is how I pronounce it. I've always assumed that people who pronounce the X are unaware of the historical context and correct pronunciation.


This, I feel slightly embarrassed for your DH. laughing2.gif

#24 pippityroo

Posted 12 January 2013 - 10:15 AM

Zay-v-er.

It's a nice name. I have a friend who has a son with this name, but she spelt it Zavier. I much prefer it with a Z ph34r.gif

#25 Imaginary friend

Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:07 AM

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QUOTE
Xylophone isn't pronounced "ex-zylo-fone" not sure why people think that Xavier is pronounced "ex-zay-vier"

Maybe it's because of x-ray?

All other words that start with X, are pronounced as if they start with a Z.

example(thank you google):
Xanthan, Xanthic, Xenopus, Xerarch, Xerosis, Xerotic, Xerox, Xeruses, Xiphoid, Xylenes, Xylidin, Xylitol. Xyloses, Xysters

X-ray is the only word that I can think of that is pronounced with an "ex", but as it is a hyphenated word (like E-mail) the X is pronounced as the letter, rather than the word being pronounced as "zray".



It's a fair bet that most people are more familiar with Xray than the googled words - other than xylophone which isnt used much in everyday speech either, although people know what it is.


So whilst your logic is indeed correct, Im not sure it affects how people see the name IRL



Although interestingly, nobody seems to think the name Xander is pronounced Ex-ander - perhaps because they recognise it as the second part of Alexander. shrug.gif




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