Melchior History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Melchior family

The surname Melchior was first found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. Melchior was the name of one of the biblical three Wise Men or Kings (Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar,) and means literally in Hebrew "King of Light." In the 15th century it became very popular as a first name. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made the territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

Early History of the Melchior family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melchior research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1719, 1738, and 1794 are included under the topic Early Melchior History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Melchior Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Melchior, Melcher, Melchers, Melchert, Melckor, Melchor, Melkior, Melckior, Melcore, Melcior, Malcher (Silesia), Melchart, Melchior and many more.

Early Notables of the Melchior family (pre 1700)

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United States Melchior migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melchior Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arthur Melchior, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710 [1]
  • Hannah Melchior, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710 [1]
  • Nicholas Melchior, aged 28, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1736 [1]
  • Johannes Melchior, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [1]
  • Mary Melchior, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Melchior Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Melchior, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Melchior (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Edward Melchior, American teacher and author
  • Tracy Lindsey Melchior, American actress
  • Ib Jørgen Melchior (b. 1917), American novelist, short story writer, film producer, film director, and screenwriter
  • Lauritz Melchior (1890-1973), Danish and later American opera singer
  • Ariel Melchior Jr., American politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature, 1971-72 [2]
  • Johann Peter Melchior (1742-1825), German porcelain modeller
  • Eberhard Melchior, German mathematician
  • Carl Melchior (1871-1933), German banker
  • Friedrich Melchior (1723-1807), Baron von Grimm, was a German-born French author
  • Hans Melchior (1894-1984), German botanist
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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