Meaning and Name Origin
Emil \e-mil\ as a boys' 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.
Emil has 1 feminine form: Emily.
Emil is a very popular first name for men (#501 out of 1220, Top 41%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Emil for boys. Emil reached its peak position of #104 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Emil and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Emil rated in the Top 1000 are Emile, Emiliano (#254 a year ago), Emilio (#280) and Miles (#108). Usage of these boy names was at its most widespread during the years 1900-1909 and is somewhat lower today, with the versions Emil and Emile becoming less fashionable. Emiliano (#254), Emilio (#280) and Miles (#108) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this list, with Miles enjoying a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)