John Cowan wrote: >Here too. I even know some Javiers who think the English version of >their name is /Eksejvi@r/! > ????? Isn't it? I think you could look in the NYC phone book for anyone with the initials F. X. (whatever, tho preferably Anglo, not Cohen or Levy), call them up and ask how they pronounce their middle name. Xavier University? It's true that the Misión San Xavier near Tucson AZ (when we visited it in 1941) was called [sćn@'vIr] by the locals. That's sort of close to the Spanish.