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What does Ephraim mean?

Ephraim Pronunciation of Ephraim 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, puritans, 16th century, 18th century, 19th century


VARIANTS Efraim, Efrain, Efrayim, Efrem, Efrim, Efryn, Ep, Ephraem, Ephream, Ephrem, Ephriam, Ephrim, Ephrym, Evron, Yefrem



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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)

Ephraim entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #530 in the U.S. then, and is at #944 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ephraim name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ephraim outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Efrain (#1158 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Efrem and Ephriam are the prominent alternative forms of Ephraim (#944) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Ephraim was more pronounced 14 years ago (AVERAGE #1426) and is almost as conventional today. Efrain is the longstanding favorite, though Ephraim has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ephraim, Efrain, Efrem, Ephriam in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ephraim and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Chaim, Eanraig, Ebrahim, Ephah, Ephrat and Ephron. Like Ephraim, these names are not frequently used.

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