Mitchem History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mitchem 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 Mitchem family

The surname Mitchem 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 Mitchem family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mitchem research. Another 64 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1273 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Mitchem History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mitchem Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Mitchem family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Mitchem Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Mitchem family to Ireland

Some of the Mitchem family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Mitchem migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mitchem Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Percy James Mitchem, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1917
  • Grant Mitchem, aged 21, who settled in America, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Mitchem (post 1700) +

  • Robert Mitchem (b. 1952), American professional football player
  • Donavan Mitchem (b. 1989), American noted for political activism
  • Alanna Mitchem (b. 1988), Guam-born, American actress
  • Hinton Mitchem (b. 1938), American politician, former Democratic member of the Alabama Senate


The Mitchem 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.


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