Originally Posted by alexei
I agree with all of these actually. Most of them I hate and none of them would I ever name my child - except I think Xavier is alright.
So how do you think it's okay to pronounce Xavier then? California Dreamer says not to pronounce it Zay-vee-er and Matadorpoeta says not to pronounce it Ex-av-yoor, so is it actually Ex-av-ier? That's how I pronounce it, but most people tell me that's wrong. I'm not changing my pronunciation, but it would be nice to know.
Similarly, my mom's name is Yvetta. She pronounces it Ee-vet-uh, but I have always pronounced it Ya-vet-uh (yes, this is surely less correct). She has never cared about it. I only get questions from others who say "I thought your mom's name was pronounced...." By the way, I don't like that name either - or the name Christian!
you can't pronounce it in english. the french is zah-vee-eh. the spanish is hah-bee-air, with a hard 'r'. the basque, i believe, is chah-vee-air. if you can't say it like that, don't bother.
your mother's name is ee-vet-ah
. please don't say 'uh'. and ya-vet-uh is not less correct, it's completely incorrect.