Given Name MELCHIOR

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: MEL-khee-awr (Dutch), MEL-kee-awr (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Possibly from the Hebrew roots מֶלֶכְ (melekh) meaning "king" and אוֹר ('or) meaning "light". This was a name traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. According to medieval tradition he was a king of Persia.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Melchiorre (Italian), Melchor (Spanish), Melker (Swedish)

Categories

Magi, place names, royalty, Tales characters
Entry updated July 11, 2018