What does Ephraim mean?
Ephraim /eph-raim/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced EE-frame. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ephraim is "fruitful".
From Efrayim. Biblical: one of Joseph's sons by his Egyptian wife Asenath, so named: "For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction". First used by the Puritans in the 16th century, and mostly in the 18th and 19th centuries. Still a common Jewish given name.
How popular is Ephraim?
Ephraim is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#24744 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ephraim for boys. Ephraim entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #529 in the U.S. then, and is at #928 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Efrain (#963 the previous year) and Ephriam are the prominent alternative forms of Ephraim (#928 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2483%) and is now much lower (usage 0.0363%, down 85.4%), with the forms Efrain, Ephraim and Ephriam becoming less fashionable. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Ephraim and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)