ASK A QUESTION How do you pronounce the name "Xavier"?
I just learned a new name "Xavier". However, I heard the teacher say "Javier". So, how do you say the name? If you pronounce "Javier", then why bother having another name with the same sound but different spelling?
In addition to what MrSoprano says, which I sure are correct regional pronunciations, it is also pronounced exactly like Javier in Spanish, but I think the name is more commonly spelled Javier. Since the "sh" sound all but disappeared from Spanish pronunciation the use of "X" to represent it also did, but remains in a few proper nouns and is pronounced like the letter "jota". The 2 most common are "Texas" - now usually spelled "Tejas" - and "México" which will probably remain in that spelling.
You should ask the owner of that name to be sure about the pronunciation. In Spain there are 2 variants:
- Xavier with ch, like in chest or chin. Mostly Catalonia.
- Xavier with sh, like in shampoo or sheriff. Mostly Basque Country.
I worked with a man named Xavier.(This in the U.S.A). It was pronounced " x-zavier " ,now this could have been his personal preference. I just thought I would add my two bits.
Xabier (pronounced tsab-yair) is a name of basque origin (etxeberri=new house).
In Galician, Portuguese and Catalan is Xavier (pronounced shab-yair). In the Galician language there's no pronunciation or letter j (in galician usually is written X (sh) xamón (ham)= jamón or ll (english j). ojo (eye)=ollo
In Castilian this name is Javier (pronounced hab-yair)