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Popularity of the Baby Name Monchel

Number of Babies Named Monchel

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Monchel

Drene, The Shampoo-Inspired Baby Name

The first and only time the baby name Drene made it onto the SSA’s list was 1946:

  • 1947: unlisted
  • 1946: 6 baby girls named Drene [debut]
  • 1945: unlisted

Drene Shampoo The inspiration?

Drene shampoo…kind of.

Drene, the first shampoo to use synthetic detergent instead of soap, had been introduced by Procter & Gamble in 1934. So the product had been on the market for more than a decade by the mid-1940s.

What drew people’s attention to Drene in 1946 specifically, then?

“Drene Time,” a late-night radio variety show sponsored by Procter & Gamble. The 30-minute program, which featured singing and comedy, is where the sketch comedy series The Bickersons (starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford) got its start.

“Drene Time” only lasted from mid-1946 to mid-1947, but that gave it enough time to influence the baby name charts, if only slightly.

Drene shampoo continued to be sold until the 1970s, at which point P&G stopped production in the U.S.

Source: Drene Shampoo, Medium, 3 oz. | National Museum of American History


Monchel – Squeaky Clean Baby Name

mochel soap from the 1980sThe name Monchel was on the SSA’s baby name list for a total of four years:

  • 1989: unlisted
  • 1988: 7 baby girls named Monchel
  • 1987: 14 baby girls named Monchel
  • 1986: 23 baby girls named Monchel
  • 1985: 12 baby girls named Monchel [debut]
  • 1984: unlisted

The variant name Monchell also debuted that year, and Michelle-like Monchelle followed a year later.

Where did they come from?

A bar of soap.

Procter & Gamble began introducing scallop shell-shaped beauty soap Monchel to selected markets in 1983, and within a couple of years they were selling (and, more importantly, advertising) the product nationally. They were taking aim at Unilever’s Dove.

Dove won, though, and Monchel was discontinued after several years. In fact, Businessweek labeled Monchel “P&G’s flop in the 1980s.”

Source: Schiller, Zachary. “Ready, Aim, Market: Combat Training at P&G College.” Businessweek 3 Feb. 1992.

Corelle, the Dishware-Inspired Baby Name

corelle, dish, 1970s, corningDid your family own a set of Corelle?

Corelle dishware was introduced to consumers in 1970 by Corning Glass Works of New York. The product was aimed at middle-class Americans who wanted “a long-desired middle ground between paper plates and good china.”

The original marketing made sure to emphasize that a Corelle dish was translucent “like fine china” and “even rings like fine china.” But Corelle wasn’t fine china — it made from a lightweight, durable tempered glass product called Vitrelle (which was originally intended for first-generation television screens in the 1940s). This made it easy to handle, hard to break, and very affordable.

corelle, cup, 1970s, corningPopular Corelle patterns included Butterfly Gold, Old Towne Blue, Woodland Brown, and the wonderfully retro Spring Blossom Green. Clever hook-handles on the cups not only allowed for compact stacking, but also kept “your husband’s big fingers away from the bowl, so they can’t get burned.”

But enough with the nostalgia…what does all this have to do with baby names? Well, the year after Corelle hit the market, the baby name Corelle appeared in the SSA’s baby name data for the first and only time:

  • 1972: unlisted
  • 1971: 5 baby girls named Corelle [debut]
  • 1970: unlisted

corelle, cups, 1970s, corningThis means that the Corelle marketing campaign not only boosted sales, but also boosted the brand name onto the baby name charts.

And this wasn’t an isolated case — there are many other examples of historical marketing campaigns inspiring American parents to name their babies after brands and products (such as Finesse, Jordache, Calizza, Monchel, L’erin, and dozens of perfumes).

What do you think of the baby name Corelle?

For you, is the association with vintage dishware a pro or a con? ;)

Sources: Corelle.com – History, Here’s why these plates make millions of people nostalgic, History of Stylish and Durable Dishware