Given Name Xavier
PRONOUNCED: ZAY-vee-ər (English), ZAY-vyər (English), ig-ZAY-vee-ər (English), za-VYE (French), sha-VYER (Portuguese)
Meaning & History
Derived from the Basque place name Etxaberri meaning “the new house”. This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552). He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries. His surname has since been adopted as a given name in his honour, chiefly among Catholics.