"fruitful, fertile, productive"

Ephraim Origin and Meaning

The name Ephraim is 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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Famous People Named Ephraim

  • Ephraimsecond son of Joseph and Asenath in the Bible
  • Ephraim Katzir4th President of Israeli
  • Ephraim ChambersBritish encyclopedist
  • Ephraim Knight SmartU.S. Congressman from Maine
  • Ephraim CurtisAmerican colonel military figure
  • Ephraim KishonIsraeli film director
  • Ephraim McDowellAmerican surgeon who pioneered abdominal surgery
  • Ephraim MirvisSouth African rabbi
  • Ephraim WebsterAmerican pioneer in New York
  • Ephraim Francis BaldwinAmerican architect

Ephraim in Pop Culture

  • Ephraim Cabotcharacter in play Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill
  • Ephraim Laphamcharacter in Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • Ephraim Tuttcharacter in the novels of Arthur Train
  • Ephraim Longstockingfather of Pippi Longstocking in the books by Astrid Lindgren
  • Ephraim Pontipeecharacter in the 1954 film 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'
  • Ephraim Charisifather of Daniel Deronda in George Eliot's "Daniel Deronda,' (1876)
  • Ephraim MacVittiepartner in MacVittie & Co. in 'Rob Roy' (1818) by Sir Walter Scott
  • Ephraim Goodweathercharacter from "The Strain"
  • Ephraim BlackGreat,grandfather of Jacob Black in the Twilight Saga
  • EphraimPrince of Renais in video game Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  • Ephraim Browncharacter on TV's Everwood
  • Ephraim WankerPeggy's father on TV's 'Married with Children'
  • Ephraim Atticus Aldridgecharacter on TV's 'Downton Abbey'