What does Melchior mean?
Melchior \m(e)-lchior, mel-chior\ 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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Malki.
Melchior has 16 more alternative forms via Balthasar, Caspar: Baldassare, Baltasar, Baltazar, Balthasaar, Balthazaar, Balthazar, Balto, Belshazzar, Casper▼, Cass, Gaspar, Gaspard, Gasparo, Gasper, Jasper and Kaspar.
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. Census)
Jasper (#218 a year ago), Melker and Casper are the prominent related forms of Melchior (#unlisted) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4783%) and has become much less since (usage 0.2607%, down 45.5%), with the form Casper becoming less trendy. Jasper (#218) is the most chic baby name here, and there is also a revival in baby name usage for this name. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Melchior and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)