Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Melchior m. Of uncertain origin, possibly Old Persian.

The traditional name of one of the three Magi.

The name became popular in the 16th C.

Belgium
Dutch
1597x1598 Melchior BoonenGes p. 354
Denmark
Danish
1581 Mellchior KD-1 no. 362
England
Dutch
1572 Melchiore AuFr Asse
1571 Melssens AuFr Asse
Estonia
Middle Low German
1524x1532 Meildo (nom) Saareste1923a p. 104; 1592 Melck Tiik1977 p. 287, Meldo ibid. p. 287, Melens ibid. p. 287, Melest ibid. p. 287, Mello ibid. p. 287, Mely ibid. p. 287
Germany
Early New High German
1497 Melchor Nurn1497 447
Italy
Latin
1527 Melchior (nom) Rome1527 p. 87
Italian
1513x1521 Melchiorre LeoX p. 13
Spain
Latin
1490 Melchioris (gen) carbonell-I p. 46; 1491 Melchior (nom) ibid. p. 57, Melchioris (gen) ibid. p. 61
Catalan
1510 Melchior valencia1510 3420
Spanish
1567 Melchor SanzSerrano; 1575 Melchor Catalogo-5.2 3803; 1576 Melchor ibid. 3887
Cite as: R. Le Get, J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Melchior". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Melchior.