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

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.


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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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Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Melchor Notables 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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  2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
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  5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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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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