Xavier Name Meaning

An exciting name with electric energy, Xavier has steadily risen to become a regular on the charts. The original X-marks-the-spot choice when it came to boy names, Xavier has plenty of history over his similar friend Xander.

Meaning “new house”, Xavier is a great choice for a bouncing baby boy as each new life is a new foundation for a family. With the precious nickname of Xavi, Xavier can easily be shortened for parents looking to play down his serious side in childhood.

It may not be obvious, but Xavier is also a religious pick, its use originally inspired by Saint Francis Xavier, the patron saint of missionaries. Saint Francis Xavier shunned a life of privilege, choosing to devote his life to spreading the word of God and caring for those in need.

Also appearing less commonly as Xzavier and Zavier, Xavier has several variants to consider as well like Xaviero and Alexavier. Each has its own appeal, though the classic Xavier is the most popular by far.

Xavier may have a unique look, but he’s become popular enough to avoid spelling and pronunciation issues that some trendier picks may encounter. He’s unmistakably a cool name, one with an enviable sound and styling.

Infographic of Xavier name meaning, which is A brother, in the sense of pal, derived from a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew chaver, a friend, pal, etc.
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Xavier Name Popularity

How popular is the name Xavier? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Xavier was the 88th most popular boys name, representing 0.3123% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Xavier has been the 233rd most popular boys name, representing 0.0884% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 1,289 6 0.0007%
1916 1,243 7 0.0007%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 1,445 6 0.0006%
1929 1,466 5 0.0005%
1930 1,563 5 0.0005%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 1,314 6 0.0006%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 1,202 7 0.0007%
1937 1,145 8 0.0008%
1938 1,227 6 0.0006%
1939 943 15 0.0015%
1940 1,128 10 0.0009%
1941 1,061 11 0.001%
1942 965 17 0.0013%
1943 1,065 12 0.0009%
1944 996 14 0.0011%
1945 874 20 0.0016%
1946 1,001 16 0.0011%
1947 885 28 0.0017%
1948 786 37 0.0023%
1949 816 37 0.0023%
1950 781 41 0.0025%
1951 739 50 0.0029%
1952 718 54 0.0031%
1953 666 74 0.0042%
1954 666 76 0.0042%
1955 671 76 0.0041%
1956 787 49 0.0026%
1957 663 87 0.0045%
1958 779 52 0.0028%
1959 672 87 0.0046%
1960 680 84 0.0044%
1961 586 133 0.007%
1962 617 112 0.0061%
1963 592 131 0.0073%
1964 576 141 0.008%
1965 632 98 0.006%
1966 516 178 0.0114%
1967 570 128 0.0084%
1968 502 183 0.0122%
1969 533 170 0.011%
1970 553 170 0.0107%
1971 489 228 0.0152%
1972 481 220 0.0162%
1973 473 231 0.0178%
1974 454 264 0.0203%
1975 443 277 0.0216%
1976 469 238 0.0185%
1977 424 304 0.0226%
1978 426 297 0.0221%
1979 493 238 0.0169%
1980 468 277 0.0189%
1981 446 304 0.0207%
1982 408 372 0.0249%
1983 370 432 0.0293%
1984 347 497 0.0334%
1985 320 591 0.0389%
1986 279 723 0.0479%
1987 241 939 0.0615%
1988 213 1,197 0.0768%
1989 208 1,337 0.0829%
1990 186 1,635 0.0986%
1991 177 1,784 0.1095%
1992 147 2,219 0.139%
1993 140 2,424 0.1555%
1994 138 2,515 0.1639%
1995 147 2,372 0.1574%
1996 141 2,484 0.1659%
1997 141 2,575 0.1741%
1998 132 2,906 0.1942%
1999 115 3,165 0.2113%
2000 103 3,626 0.2374%
2001 93 3,975 0.2638%
2002 87 4,647 0.3101%
2003 85 5,060 0.3326%
2004 88 5,013 0.3289%
2005 87 4,874 0.3188%
2006 78 6,176 0.3944%
2007 68 6,556 0.4155%
2008 71 6,280 0.4063%
2009 68 6,203 0.415%
2010 71 5,748 0.3989%
2011 76 5,438 0.3817%
2012 80 5,363 0.3764%
2013 83 4,972 0.3492%
2014 88 4,767 0.3272%
2015 90 4,634 0.3185%
2016 88 4,591 0.3184%
2017 89 4,460 0.3196%
2018 88 4,290 0.3123%

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Data via SSA.gov.


Names Like Xavier

If you like Xavier, you’ll love these other names like Xavier.


What names are diminutives of Xavier?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Xavier sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Xavier, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Xavi
#1,452 (0.0037%)  

What names are variants of Xavier?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Xavier.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alexavier

Created Name

American

#1,747 (0.0021%)  
Javier

New house

Spanish

#242 (0.1103%)  
Saviero

Spanish

Savion

Modern

#1,515 (0.0032%)  
Savyon

Hebrew

Xaviell

Bright; splendid; new house

Spanish

Xaviero

Savior

Latin

Xayvion

Bright; splendid; new house

Spanish

Xever

Bright; splendid; new house

Spanish

Zavier

Savior; bright; splendid; new house

Spanish

#933 (0.0116%)  
Zaviero

Savior

Latin


What names sound like Xavier?

If you like how Xavier sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Xavier.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Olivier

Olive tree

Latin

#1,476 (0.0035%)  
Xander

Defender of man

Greek

#171 (0.1636%)  
Xavian

Avian means bird like, I could not find Xavian

Unknown

#1,792 (0.0019%)  
Xaviell

Bright; splendid; new house

Spanish


What names are similar to Xavier?

Find a name that’s like Xavier, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

#11 (0.8726%)  
Axel

My father is peace

Scandinavian

#94 (0.2952%)  
Eli

Ascension

Hebrew

#58 (0.4387%)  
Elijah

My God is Yahweh

Hebrew

#7 (0.9379%)  
Isaiah

God is salvation

Hebrew

#51 (0.4808%)  
Jose

Jehovah will increase

Spanish

#89 (0.3115%)  
Maddox

Son of Madoc

Welsh

#140 (0.203%)  
Roman

One from Rome

Latin

#85 (0.3171%)  
Santiago

Saint James

Spanish

#82 (0.337%)  
Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek

#18 (0.7318%)  

Lists With Xavier

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Siblings of Xavier

Mamas with kids named Xavier also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Micah

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

#103 (0.2703%)  

8 Comments

  1. The name Xavier true origin is Basque (which is in Spain but not Spanish ). The language is very unique and baffles linguists to its origin..

    To pronounce it you say….”char…..bee….air” as the ‘x’ is pronounced a little like a cross between the Ch in Church and the Sh in shuttle . The Basque language pronounced the V as a B.

    Other cultures Including the French and Spanish, which both border the basque region took in the name much later with the popularity of St Francis Xavier.

  2. My husband is a soccer fan and Xavier Hernandez is one of his favourite players

    I dislike people trying to correct me on how to pronounce the name when there’s more than pronunciation
    We call our son Xavi

    • How do you pronounce it? Charbi?

  3. Xavier received his name because his granddad on his father side wanted to name his daddy that but they picked a different name for his dad and then on Xavier mommy’s side her grandfather on her fathers side middle name was Xavier ?

  4. We chose this name for Saint Francis Xavier. This was also my husbands chosen Saint name for Confirmation. We are Catholic and we try to find meaningful names for all our children. Saint Francis Xavier, Pray for Us!

  5. I pick the name Xavier becaused I love the movie X-Men and my favorite character is Xavier out of all of them and he is a very powerful character plus I love the name Xavier becaused it fits perfect with my sons middle name king

  6. Because his name mean strong and bright, definitely perfect for my little angel.

  7. My husband is Filipino so the name sgsresvtge heritage. Also we liked the meaning


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