Meaning and name origin
Melchior \m(e)-lchior, mel-chior\ as a boy's 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Malki.
Melchior is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#14545 out of 88799, Top 16%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Melchior and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Melker. (2014 statistics).