What does Ephraim mean?
Ephraim /eph-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.
(male) Earaim, Elraim, ..
(female) Ephra, Ephraimi, ..
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. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name history of Ephraim for boys. Ephraim entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #530 in the U.S. then, and is at #928 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Efrain (#963 from current records), Efrem and Ephriam are the prominent alternative forms of Ephraim (#928 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Ephraim was more pronounced 10 years ago (average #1426) and is almost as conventional today. Efrain is the longstanding favorite, though Ephraim has become trendy as well.