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What does Melchior mean?

Melchior /mel-chi-or/ as a boys' name is of Polish, Persian and Farsi origin. Likely derived from the Farsi elements "melk", meaning "king", and "quart", meaning "city". From Christian tradition, the name of one of the three wise men, along with Caspar and Balthasar, who brought gifts to the infant Jesus. Opera singer Lauritz Melchior.


Melchior has 4 variants: Malchior, Malkior, Melker and Melkior.

Related boy name: Malki.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Macchior, Machior, ..

(female) Melchima, Melchiri, ..

How popular is Melchior?

Melchior is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#19587 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Melker is the only prominent related form of Melchior (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000. These names are not widely used as names for baby boys. Displayed below is a comparison of the history of Melchior and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Melchior and related baby names in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Melker outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Anchor, Delmor (see Delmar), Hector, Herrior, Machin, Machon, Mahir, Malachi, Malachie, Malcom, Marcio, Meier, Meinor, Meir, Meirion, Melacio, Melasio (see Melesio), Melborn (see Melbourne), Meldon, Meldric, Meldrick, Melecio, Melesio, Melicio, Meliseo, Mellin, Mellon, Melvin, Melvon, Melwin, Menor, Mentor, Mercator, Mercer, Michiel, Michio, Milesio, Mitchill, Munchin, Senior and Telfor. These names tend to be more frequently used than Melchior.