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The surname Melchor 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Melchor research. Another 263 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1719, 1738, and 1794 are included under the topic Early Melchor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Melchor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Jno Melchor, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761

Melchor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Yanez Melchor, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1840

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  • Íńigo Melchor (1635-1696), Spanish nobleman and Governor
  • José Ramos Melchor (1805-1832), Chilean political figure and journalist
  • Peredo Melchor (b. 1927), Mexican muralist
  • Alejandro Melchor (1900-1947), Filipino civil engineer, mathematician, educator, and member of the Cabinet of the Philippines


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The Melchor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Melchor Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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