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Xavier

Meaning: Bright; new house

Origin: Arabic; Basque

Alternate spellings: Zavier, Xzavier, Javier

Xavier may have Arabic roots meaning “bright” or Basque roots meaning “the new house.” Xavier is also one of only a couple viable X names (the names Xiomar and Xidorn are just not as catchy).

The name became popular among Catholics because of St. Francis Xavier, the founder of the Jesuits. Today, the name has gone beyond its strong religious association and might even be better known among comic book fans, thanks to Professor Charles Xavier and his X-Men.

In the U.S., Xavier made the charts in 1890 and then disappeared until 1948. It made the list for a few decades (in the 400s to 800s) but then got a boost in the 1980s, dipping into the 200s. This may have been influenced by Xavier Roberts, who helped create the Cabbage Patch Kid craze.

Xavier is super popular these days, perhaps influenced by today’s quirky parents, who like the cool X initial. The Spanish version of the name, Javier, is also becoming more common.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 102

2004: 89

2008: 71

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Javier 166

Xavier 628

Zavier 742

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  1. says:

    Professor Xavier

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