Mitcham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mitcham is generally thought to be a local surname, derived from the place name Mitcham, County Surrey (today in the London Borough of Merton, London).

Early Origins of the Mitcham family

The surname Mitcham was first found in Surrey at Mitcham, a parish in the union of Croydon, Second division of the hundred of Wallington. "This parish, which is situated on the road to Reigate, is divided into Upper Mitcham, formerly called Whitford or Waterford, and Lower Mitcham, anciently Michelham, or "the great dwelling," a name probably derived from the district having been at an early period the residence of persons of distinction." [1]

Early History of the Mitcham family

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Mitcham Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Mitcham, Mitchum, Micham, Michum, Mitchem, Mitchim and many more.

Early Notables of the Mitcham family (pre 1700)

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Mitcham Ranking

In the United States, the name Mitcham is the 12,176th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Mitcham family to Ireland

Some of the Mitcham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Mitcham migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitcham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Mitcham, who arrived in Virginia in 1770
  • Christopher Mitcham, who arrived in Maryland in 1775
Mitcham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Mitcham, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1893
  • O.B. Mitcham, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States, in 1894
Mitcham Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Mitcham, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • George Edward Mitcham, aged 18, who settled in America from Chiswick, England, in 1910
  • Mary Mitcham, aged 45, who immigrated to America from Chiswick, England, in 1910
  • Percy Mitcham, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Margaret Mitcham, aged 21, who landed in America from Cayon, St. Kitts, in 1922
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Mitcham migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitcham Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • George Mitcham, aged 26, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 1908

Contemporary Notables of the name Mitcham (post 1700) +

  • Wilbur Mitcham (1923-2003), American internationally renowned southern chef from Macon, Georgia
  • Judson Mitcham (b. 1948), American author and professor, best known as being the only writer to win the Townsend Prize for Fiction twice
  • Carl Mitcham (b. 1941), award-winning American philosopher of technology
  • Matthew Mitcham (b. 1988), Australian diver and the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10 m platform


The Mitcham Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Animi fortitudo
Motto Translation: The courage


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm


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