How popular is the baby name Monchel in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, see baby names similar to Monchel and check out all the blog posts that mention the name Monchel.
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…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
The 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.