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PronouncedPron.MEL-khee-awr Dutch
MEL-kee-awr English

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 & CulturesMelchiorre Italian Melchor Spanish Melker Swedish


6th-century Byzantine depiction of the Magi6th-century Byzantine depiction of the Magi


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