Xavier (given name)

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Xavier
Castillo javier.jpg
The castle of Xavier, where Francis Xavier was born, was restored by the Jesuits.
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Catholic Church
Meaning a place called "new house" in Basque language
Other names
Related names Javier, Xaveria, Xavi, Xavia, Xaviell, Xaviera, Xaviero, Xayvion, Xever, Xabier, Zavia, Zavier

The given name Xavier (/ˈzvi.ər/, /ˈsvi.ər/; Catalan: [ʃəβiˈe, ʃəviˈe, ʃaβiˈe, ʃaviˈeɾ]; Galician: [ʃɐviˈɛɾ]; Portuguese: [ʃɐviˈɛɾ]; French: [ɡzaˈvje]; Spanish: Javier [xaˈβjer]; Basque: Xabier [ʃaβiˈer])[1][2] is a masculine name derived from the 16th-century Roman Catholic Saint Francis Xavier.

Origins and meaning of the name[edit]

Xavier comes from the name of the Jesuit missionary saint Francis Xavier, where Xavier stands for his birthplace of Javier (Xabier in Basque; Xavier in Old Spanish) in Navarre, currently in Spain. The toponym is itself the romanization of the Basque place-name (and surname) etxe berri, meaning 'new house' or 'new home'.

However, in her 1863 book History of Christian Names, Charlotte Mary Yonge claims that Xavier is a Moorish name, coming from the Arabic Ga'afar meaning 'splendid', 'bright'.[3]

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In other languages[edit]

  • Javier (Spanish)
  • Saverio (Italian)
  • Saveriyar (சவேரியார்), Savari (சவாரி) (Tamil)
  • Ksavierij (Ксаверий) (Russian, Ukrainian)
  • Ksawery (Polish)
  • Xabere, Xabel (Asturian)
  • Xabier (Basque)
  • Xavier (Catalan, English, French, Old Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Swedish)
  • Xaver (Czech, German, Slovakian)
  • Xavér (Hungarian)
  • Xaveriu (Romanian)
  • Xaverius (Dutch, Latin)
  • Xaveriοs (Ξαβέριος) or (Σαβεριος) (Greek)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pronunciation of Xavier, forvo.com.
  2. ^ "Xabier", Behind the Name.com.
  3. ^ Yonge, Charlotte Mary (1863). History of Christian Names. 2. London: Parker and Bourn. p. 200. ISBN 9780766183216. Retrieved 2012-05-19.