The pronunciation of Charles' surname is "X Xavier" and not simply "Xavier". What is the reason behind it?

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    Because Xavier is pronounced Exavier in English – Paulie_D Nov 22 '19 at 21:57
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    @Paulie_D well, only in X-Men: howtopronounce.com/xavier – OrangeDog Nov 22 '19 at 22:13
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    @StopHarmingMonica I've met two Xaviers that both pronounced it Exavier. (Granted, it was in America and one was named after Charles.) – Meat Trademark Nov 23 '19 at 0:47

Because he's the leader of the X-Men, and known as "Professor X", his name is usually pronounced emphasising the X: ex-ay-vyer.

Many readers are not familiar with the correct pronunciation: zay-vyer

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    Why should there be a "correct pronunciation"? Same names can have different pronunciations, even in the same language (here, English), with all of them being correct pronunciations. – Jenayah Nov 22 '19 at 22:23
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    @Jenayah in general, there is a limited range of "correct" ways to pronounce a given word – OrangeDog Nov 22 '19 at 22:24
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    Minor footnote to the first paragraph: it's likely a conflation between the "EX" in "Professor X" and the "Z" in "Professor (Charles) Xavier". The former pronunciation seems to have taken over the latter due to the same "Professor X..." beginning. – Flater Nov 23 '19 at 1:00

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