Melior is a female given name, a variant form of Meliora, which could come from Latin meliora meaning “ever better” or “always better”, the neuter plural form of Latin melior meaning “better” derived from PIE root word *mel- (strong, great). It’s also possible that the name is a corruption of Breton meler meaning “honey-maker” which derives from Latin mel (honey) via PIE root *mélit (honey).
Melior is also an English surname, a variant spelling of Mellor. It comes from a locational name, the name of a village. It means “bare hill” from Welsh moel (bald; plain; bare) via Proto-Celtic *maylos; and Scottish Gaelic bre (hill).
Melior is also a figure in European folklore and mythology, one of the sisters of Melusine who is depicted as a serpent or fish from the waist down.
It also seems to be very popular in Cornwall, due to Saint Meliorius.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Celtic
- Meliora (Latin, Cornish, English)
- Melora (English, Latin)
- Meliorius (Latin, Cornish)