Meaning and name origin
Ephraim \e-ph-raim\ as a boy's 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.
Ephraim is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23078 out of 88799, Top 26%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ephraim for boys. Ephraim reached its highest rank of #529 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ephraim and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ephraim (#928), Efrain (#963) and Ephriam. (2014 statistics).