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Emil 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 name Miles.
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Popularity of Emil
Emil is a very popular first name for males (#501 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
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