Gender: Male Meaning of Ephraim: "fruitful, fertile, productive" Origin of Ephraim: Hebrew Ephraim's Popularity in 2019: #979

Ephraim Origin and Meaning

The name Ephraim is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "fruitful, fertile, productive".

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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Rank in US: #979

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Famous People Named Ephraim

Pop Culture References for the name Ephraim

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)


ParanoidAndroid Says:


I can see the appeal. It may have fallen off decades ago, but Ephraim is making an unexpected comeback. Perhaps the 2019 film The Lighthouse can help solidify Ephraim’s place in the top1000.

TessaDior Says:


I love this name. I prefer gentler sounding names for a boy, and Ephraim really fits that. The meaning is full of potential for a bright future, too. If only it had more nickname potential.

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?