Name Emil Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Emil


Emil is a ♂ boy’s name.

What is the origin of the name Emil?

The boy’s name Emil derived from the Latin family name Aemilius, one of the most influential Patrician families in the Roman Empire.

What does the name Emil mean?

Emil means “rival” or “eager” (from Latin “aemulus”) and “of the Aemilius family”.

Interesting facts about the name Emil

Emil has become a real trendy name in European countries in recent years. However, this was not always the case: the name that is so popular today was almost extinct for centuries. This changed in 1762, when Jean-Jacques Rousseau published his educational novel “Émile ou De l’éducation” (Emile, or On Education). The name became better known again through this work and spread. The name Emil can be viewed as the male equivalent to Emily.

Middle names

Suitable middle names for your little Emil are: Emil George, Emil Oscar, Emil Jake, Emil Antony or Emil Oliver.

Famous Emils in the world

  • Steven “Steve” Emil Cherundolo was born in Rockford, Illinois in 1979 and is an American soccer player and coach. His career began in high school and led him to Germany at the turn of the millennium, where he played for the club “Hannover 96” for 15 years. He also competed three times for the USA national team. After several knee injuries, Steve Emil decided to end his active career. Socially, he is committed to the association “Kinderherz Hannover e.V.”.
  • Emil Blonsky is a character from the Marvel universe. He is known under his alias “Abomination”. He describes himself as “I’m simply Emil now. Russian born, British raised, Royal Marines commando, on loan to the U.S. government.” to Jennifer Walters alias “She-Hulk”. Emil was recruited by the US Army and fought for them against other Marvel characters. The character of Emil Blonsky is portrayed by Tim Roth and appears in several Marvel productions, for example in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (released in 2021).

Pronunciation of Emil

Variants of the name Emil


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Popularity of the name Emil

The name Emil is ranked #128 overall. It is very popular with parents-to-be and is often chosen as a baby name.

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