Meaning and Origin of: Xavier

Meaning and Origin of Xavier

Boy name origins & meanings

  • French : Enlightened
  • Spanish : New house
  • Arabic : Bright; splendid
  • Spanish : New home

What does Xavier mean and stand for?

The name Xavier is of Arabic origin and means "new house" or "bright." Saint Francis Xavier was given the name after the Spanish-Basque village where he was born. It was derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, meaning “castle” or “new house.”

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • Portuguese and Catalan : from the personal name Xavier, Portuguese and Catalan forms of Basque Xabier (see Javier).

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Xavier has been consistently popular, remaining in the top 100 since 2001, and even staying in the top 80 for about a decade.

However, it is the 43rd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Xavier was at its peak popularity in March 2017.

The name Xavier has been used since Saint Francis Xavier, who cofounded the Jesuit order. The name has remained popular over the years, being chosen for the children of Donnie Wahlberg and Tilda Swinton, as well as for the middle name of Larenz Tate's son Miles and Kim Fields' Quincy. Notable namesakes include Xavier Davis, Xavier Adibi, and Xavier Silas. Xavier has also been the chosen name for fictional characters in The Rock, Fatherland, and Saw II.

Where is it Popular?

Xavier was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Xavier

  • X
  • Xay
  • Xavi
  • Zav
  • Zavi
  • Zavier
  • Zay

Pairs well with these middle names