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Etymology & Historical Origin - Efrain
Efraín is the Spanish form of the Hebrew masculine name Ephraim (אֶפְרָיִם) from “’Efrayim”meaning “fruitful”. Ephraim is a biblical name appearing in Genesis as the second son of Joseph with his Egyptian wife Asenath. Genesis 41:52says: “The name of the second (son) [Joseph] called Ephraim, ‘For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.’” This land of affliction was, of course, Egypt where Joseph has been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers (jealous because their father Jacob favored Joseph the most). In Egypt Joseph was at first a slave and then a prisoner but soon afterwards was called upon by Pharaoh to interpret a couple dreams. After giving Pharaoh some sound advice (i.e., stockpile the grain!) by foretelling the impending seven year famine, Joseph rose to great power and prominence in Egypt. Pharaoh also gave Joseph the daughter of an Egyptian priest for a wife, Asenath, and she bore Joseph two sons in Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim. Manasseh means “causing to forget” because God helped Joseph forget his hardship and Ephraim means “fruitful” because God made Joseph fruitful while in Egypt. Later in Genesis Joseph is reunited and reconciled with his brothers and Jacob is informed that his favorite son Joseph is alive. After Jacob comes to Egypt to see his beloved Joseph there’s a long passage in Genesis describing Jacob’s duel-blessing on his grandsons Manasseh and Ephraim. As first born, Manasseh should have been given the greater blessing with the right hand vs. the left hand but Jacob switched them because he preferred Ephraim (for whatever reason, we’re not told exactly). So the younger born got the greatest blessing – and later in Israel’s history we do indeed learn that Ephraim’s descendents proved him out to be the greater of the two tribes. For instance, Joshua is descended from the tribe of Ephraim. Joshua succeeded Moses as leader of the Israelites whom he finally returned to the Promised Land. Ephraim has always been considered a Jewish name, but the Puritans adopted it during the Reformation (as they did with so many other Hebrew names) and brought it to the New World in the 17th century. It’s unclear when the Spanish embraced their form of Efraín but we’re guessing they adopted it from their close neighbors in America.
Popularity of the Name Efrain
Efraín is name used exclusively among Hispanic-Americans in the United States, but even within this population group it’s relatively rare. The name first appeared on the naming charts in 1950 and it rose in usage as the decades progressed. The modest rise in popularity seen by Efraín is mainly due to the ever-rising Hispanic-American population. Although even among Spanish speakers in the United States, Efraín is not exactly a top favorite. Since the turn of the 21st century the name has dropped even more significantly and doesn’t appear to be on anyone’s radar anymore. That makes Efraín quite a unique choice by today’s naming standards. Same with Ephraim for that matter.
Popularity of the Boy Name Efrain
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Literary Characters of the Baby Name Efrain
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Popular Songs on Efrain
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Efrain
Efraín of the Sonoran Desert: A Lizard's Life Among the Seri Indians (Amalia Astorga & Gary Paul N - "The very first thing that you see when you reach the beach and leave your boat behind in the shallows of the Sea of Cortez is a lizard running away from the water. It curls its tail high so the waves won't get it wet." That's what Gary Nabhan remembers about his first visit to the Seri village in Kino Bay. There he met storyteller Amalia Astorga. She tells him the bittersweet history of Efrain, a sun-blotched lizard. In so doing, she helps him to understand how the Seris have protected a species that everywhere else is endangered. Together Amalia and Gary give young readers an insight into the life and culture of the Seris, an endangered people themselves, but a people who know how to love their land and its inhabitants. Recommended for ages 8-11.
Famous People Named Efrain
Famous People Named Efraín - Efraín Juárez (Mexican footballer); Efraín Velarde (Mexican footballer); Efrain Valdez (baseball player); Efrain Escudero (MMA competitor); Efraín Ríos Montt (former President of Guatemala)
Children of Famous People Named Efrain
Famous People Who Named Their Son Efraín - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Efraín.
Efrain - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Efraín - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Efraín.
Personality of the Boy Name Efrain
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Variations of the Baby Name - Efrain