Jump to content

Xavier
how do YOU pronounce it?


  • Please log in to reply
53 replies to this topic

#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

.

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

shrug.gif
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




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Why we tend to hold our babies on our left side

On which side of your body do you carry or cradle your baby? If you answered "left" then you're not alone.

Taking fish oil in pregnancy may prevent childhood asthma

Women who took omega-3 fatty acid supplements (fish oil supplements) in pregnancy reduced the risk of their children developing asthma by almost one third.

Mum, dad and son all share a birthday

Luke and Hillary Gardner never have a problem remembering each other's birthday.

Mum shares the bittersweet truth about pregnancy after miscarriage

A mother's candid and heartfelt reflections about pregnancy after miscarriage are providing comfort to other women.

16 simple ways to make your baby smarter

What's the best way to mentally stimulate your baby? It doesn't take a genius - just a loving, involved parent.

Your blood pressure could predict baby's sex even before conception

The average blood pressure of mother could suggest a baby's sex before it even exists, a study has found.

The breastfeeding photo that says it all

Ashley Rockill was lucky enough to have her birth photographer on hand to capture a precious moment.

13 pregnancy superstitions from across the globe

In honour of Black Friday, let's explore 13 of the strangest pregnancy superstitions from across the globe.

I'm a stay-at-home mum, and I'm sending my son to daycare

When you become a mum you give birth to a beautiful baby, but you also give birth to guilt.

Mum gives birth to 'Incredible Hulk' 6.4kg baby

An American mother was shocked when she gave to a 6.4kg (14lb 1oz) baby last month.

Mum demands $530 for daughter's shoes after playdate

A mum has made a pretty bold move by demanding $532 for a pair of her daughter's shoes that were damaged at another family's house. 

A toddler's guide to helping around the house

If a toddler was to write a guide to 'help' you with the household chores, it would go something like this.

The breast pump you can use on the go

The game-changing breast pump promises to make life easier all round.

'Mum, don't be mad but I've just had a baby'

A teen mum has shared her birth story – and her shock at not knowing she was pregnant until her baby's head emerged.

No, Senator, childcare workers don't just wipe noses and stop fights

The only thing childcare workers spend their time doing is "wiping noses and stopping the kids from killing each other"? Not quite.

'I wanted to be the birth mum so much'

When people say "aren't you lucky that there are two of you, that you can switch?" I give them a tight smile.

6 myths about breastfeeding toddlers

Although breastfeeding a toddler isn't for everybody, if you choose to nurse beyond babyhood you can expect some strong reactions.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Baby Names

Unusual Celeb Baby Names

Click through the gallery to read the details and see some of the most memorable monikers in show biz families.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.