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Gender: M Meaning of Ephraim: "fruitful, fertile, productive" Origin of Ephraim: Hebrew Ephraim's Popularity in 2013: #972

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Ephraim is an Old Testament name we would place high on the list of neglected Biblical possibilities, solid but not solemn.

In Genesis, Ephraim is the second son of Joseph, and founder of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The name also appears as characters in Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield and Dickens' novel Little Dorrit and in works by Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. More recently, Ephraim Black was a character in the Twilight saga: a shape-shifter who was the great-grandfather of Jacob.

Father and son violinist and actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Sr, simplified the spelling.

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Famous People Named Ephraim

Ephraim Chambers (?1680-1740), British encyclopaedist, man of letters and free thinker

Pop Culture References for the Name Ephraim

Ephram Brown, character on the US show 'Everwood'
Ephraim Wanker, Peggy's father on 'Married with Children'
Captain Ephraim Longstocking, Pippi's father
Ephraim Pontipee, character in the 1954 film 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'
Ephraim Charisi, father of Daniel Deronda in the George Eliot novel ('Daniel Deronda,' 1876)
Ephraim MacVittie, partner in MacVittie & Co. in 'Rob Roy' (1818) by Sir Walter Scott

Efraim, Efrain, Efrayim, Efrem, Efren, Efrim, Efrym, Ephraem, Ephream, Ephrem, Ephrim, Ephrym

Ephraim's International Variations

Efram, Efrem, Ephrem, Yefrem (Russian) Efrain (Spanish) Evron (Yiddish)