Meaning and name origin
Emil \e-mil\ as a boy's name is pronounced AY-mul. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Emil is "rival; laborious; eager". From the old Roman surname Aemilius, probably from aemulus (see Emily). Used only since the mid 19th century. French author Emile Zola; actor Emilio Estevez.
For more information, see also the related boy name Miles.
There is 1 feminine form of Emil: Emily.
Emil is a very popular first name for males (#501 out of 1220, Top 41%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Emil for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Emil and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Miles (#108), Emiliano (#254), Emilio (#280), Emile and Emil. (2014 statistics).