Meaning and Name Origin
Ephraim \e-ph-raim\ 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.
Ephraim is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#23078 out of 88799, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ephraim for boys. Ephraim reached its apex rank of #529 in the U.S. then, and is at #928 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Ephraim and associated names. 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 and is now much lower, with the forms Efrain, Ephraim and Ephriam becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)