Steve Mollmann wrote:
I'm not sure I would know how to lead with a pronounced "x"-- and I went to Xavier High School. The "Ex-avier" pronunciation feels very regional to me-- since leaving the Cincinnati area, I tend to just go with "Zavier."
Of course, just as I pronounce Xenex with a leading "x" sound, I tend to pronounce Xavier (both the saint and the mutant) as "habiť", as I would do with the Catalan given name. I guess I'm irreducibly weird.