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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : topographic name for someone who lived by a field of lucerne, Spanish melgar (a collective derivative of mielga ‘lucerne’, Late Latin melica, for classical Latin Medica (herba) ‘plant’ from Media). There are several places in Spain named with this word, and the surname may be a habitational name from any one of them.
  • Dutch : variant of Melchior.

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