How popular is the baby name Mitchum in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Use the popularity graph and data table below to find out! Plus, see all the blog posts that mention the name Mitchum.

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Popularity of the baby name Mitchum

Posts that mention the name Mitchum

Where did the baby name Mitchum come from?

Actor Robert Mitchum (1917-1997)
Robert Mitchum

The surname Mitchum can be traced back to the English village of Mitcham (which now part of London). The toponym was derived from two Old English words meaning “big” and “homestead, settlement.”

Mitchum first appeared in the U.S. baby name data when actor Robert Mitchum was at the height of his fame, in the mid-20th century:

  • 1953: unlisted
  • 1952: unlisted
  • 1951: 5 baby boys named Mitchum [debut]
  • 1950: unlisted
  • 1949: unlisted

The appearance of Mitchum doesn’t seem to correspond to a notable Robert Mitchum-related event, oddly, like his single Academy Award nomination in 1946. (Same with several other debuts I’ve found, including Zsazsa and Sinatra — both also from the ’50s.)

Mitchum antiperspirant, 1970s-1980s
Mitchum antiperspirant

The name dropped out of the data the next year. It might have remained a one-hit wonder if not for a completely unrelated Mitchum: Mitchum antiperspirant.

Mitchum antiperspirant was developed in the late ’50s by a Paris, Tennessee, businessman named Mitchum Warren — the son of the founder of a successful cosmetics company. Warren died unexpectedly in the late ’60s, and his company was acquired by Revlon in 1970.

In 1971, Revlon re-introduced Mitchum with a national advertising campaign that featured the memorable tagline, “So effective you can skip a day.” A year after that, the name Mitchum re-appeared in the U.S. baby name data.

Revlon stopped actively marketing the brand in the late 1980s. Unsurprisingly, the name disappeared from the data around the same time.

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