Though it of course may have been recreated independently by modern parents, the name Melora is over 300 years old. It seems to go back to an Arthurian romance called The Adventures of Melora and Orlando
written in the Irish Gaelic language, the oldest copy of which is from 1696. The anonymous author of that work may have created Melora by "Italianizing" Meliora
or Melyor, a name popular in Cornwall that goes back to the Latin word for "better."