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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 Country (deci)Mel

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 Lyn29

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 RedBob

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 Lil Chickens

Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:53 AM

Definitely spelt Xavier but pronounced Zavier for all the reasons mentioned above.

I cringe when I hear people say eX-avier.


#22 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....

#23 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.

#24 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

#25 lactasticmama

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




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