EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Toponymic surname of a 16th-century saint born in the Kingdom of Navarre (now partially placed in Spain), Francis de Xavier, from a place name in the Kingdom of Navarre, originally from Basque etxeberria (literally the new house). Doublet of Echeverría.

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Proper nounEdit

Xavier

  1. A male given name from Spanish.
    • 1976 Don DeLillo, Ratner's Star, Knopf, →ISBN, page 337:
      "Full name please." "Maurice Xavier Wu." "Where did you get the Xavier?" "My father was a missionary," he said.
    • 2007 Sharon Kendrick, The Sheikh's English Bride, Harlequin, →ISBN, page 60:
      'I keep telling you to call me Xavier,' he interjected silkily, aware that her reluctance to do so intrigued him. 'Xavier,' Laura agreed, and then hesitated. How could his name be so...so...enticing? Because it was foreign to her lips―lingering there like the juice of a fruit she had never tasted before? Or because it was impossible to say without first softening your voice?
  2. A surname​, found chiefly among people of Spanish and Portuguese descent.
    • 2020 October 7, “Network News: Plaque at Chatham honours colour bar pioneer”, in Rail, page 26:
      A plaque commemorating the memory of British Rail guard Asquith Xavier, who broke the colour bar at Euston station in 1966, was unveiled at Chatham station on September 24.

Usage notesEdit

  • The given name was rare (among English speakers) until the 1980s, when it began to rise in popularity. The surname is still rare.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Xavier” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
  2. ^ Xavier” in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.

CatalanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the toponymic surname of a Spanish saint, from Basque etxeberria (literally the new house). See Xavier for more.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Xavier m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Xavier

Derived termsEdit


CebuanoEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English Xavier, from Francis Xavier, from Basque etxeberria (the new house).

Proper nounEdit

Xavier

  1. a male given name from Basque

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɡza.vje/, /ksa.vje/
  • (file)

Proper nounEdit

Xavier ?

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Xavier

Usage notesEdit

  • The compound given name François-Xavier also occurs, in honor of the saint.

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From the toponymic surname of a Spanish saint, from Basque etxeberria (the new house). See Xavier for more.

PronunciationEdit

Proper nounEdit

Xavier m

  1. A male given name from Basque.

SpanishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /xaˈbjeɾ/, [xaˈβjeɾ]

Proper nounEdit

Xavier m

  1. (obsolete outside the US) Alternative spelling of Javier