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Gender: Male Meaning of Ephraim: "fruitful, fertile, productive" Origin of Ephraim: Hebrew Ephraim's Popularity in 2017: #855

The name Ephraim is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "fruitful, fertile, productive". Ephraim is ranked #855 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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, Charles Dickens's 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, second son of Joseph and Asenath in the Bible
Ephraim Katzir, 4th President of Israeli
Ephraim Chambers, British encyclopedist
Ephraim Knight Smart, U.S. Congressman from Maine
Ephraim Curtis, American colonel military figure
Ephraim Kishon, Israeli film director
Ephraim McDowell, American surgeon who pioneered abdominal surgery
Ephraim Mirvis, South African rabbi
Ephraim Webster, American pioneer in New York
Ephraim Francis Baldwin, American architect

Pop Culture References for the name Ephraim

Ephraim Cabot, character in play Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill
Ephraim Lapham, character in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Ephraim Tutt, character in the novels of Arthur Train
Ephraim Longstocking, father of Pippi Longstocking in the books by Astrid Lindgren
Ephraim Pontipee, character in the 1954 film 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'
Ephraim Charisi, father of Daniel Deronda in George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda,' (1876)
Ephraim MacVittie, partner in MacVittie & Co. in 'Rob Roy' (1818) by Sir Walter Scott
Ephraim Goodweather, character from "The Strain"
Ephraim Black, Great-grandfather of Jacob Black in the Twilight Saga
Ephraim, Prince of Renais in video game Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Ephraim Brown, character on TV's Everwood
Ephraim Wanker, Peggy's father on TV's 'Married with Children'
Ephraim Atticus Aldridge, character on TV's 'Downton Abbey'

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

Ephraim's International Variations

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


nails4breakfast Says:


I'm actually really surprised this name is popular. I really like it but I'd never even heard of anyone named this, real or fictional, until playing Fire Emblem. Now I don't think I could think of anyone but him if I met an Ephraim. Kinda sucks.

kennamoon Says:


Also used in Everwood!

Daiseymae Says:


I like this name. It isn't popular, but it is making a comeback.

maddiepie Says:


I love Biblical names, especially the ones that aren't used a lot like Ephraim, Mordecai, and Issachar.

headintheclouds Says:


Definitely a more obscure choice, one I don't much like the sound or spelling of. But Ephraim would fit the bill for parents looking for an unusual biblical name with meaning and I can see where the name would appeal to some, though I'd personally place this in the better-go-for-more-user-friendly-alternatives category, along with Hepzibah.

otheralix Says:


Well, Ephraim is not the original Hebrew and other languages spell names differently. Plus, some of those seem to be trying to make sure the name is pronounced the way they want.

mschull Says:


Not a fan of this name. Ephraim is an incredibly popular name where I live. I've seen horrible spelling variations like, Iphrym, Eyphrim, Eephram, etc... I 'can't even' with this name.

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rabia_chrisden Says:


I love this Biblical name. It's such a rarity to hear someone with this name. I like it!

tfzolghadr Says:


Such a wonderful name! I hope that with the rise of Gideon and other old Biblical names, Ephraim will get a revival, also.

rainierloner Says:


This is one of my all time favorite names for boys! Biblical, underused, and with a lovely upbeat meaning. Am I the only one who loves this name?