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What does Emil mean?

Emil Pronunciation of Emil 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH rival (war), eager (faithful), old, roman, surname, 19th century


VARIANTS Aemilio, Aimil, Aymil, Emelen, Emelio, Emile, Emilian, Emiliano, Emilianus, Emilien, Emilio, Emilion, Emilyan, Emlen, Emlin, Emlyn, Emlynn, Yemelyan





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How popular is Emil?

Emil is a very popular first name for men (#501 out of 1220, Top 41%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#72237 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Emil reached its peak position of #104 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #1370. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emil name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emil outside U.S.

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Emil (#1370 A YEAR AGO) are Emile, Emiliano (#190), Emilio (#248), Emily and Miles (#98). Usage of these forms of Emil was more pronounced in 2018 (ADOPTION OF 0.4%), except for versions such as Emile which have become less fashionable. Miles has generally been a favorite of parents, although Emilio seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Emil, Emile, Emiliano, Emilio, Emily, Miles in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emil, Miles outside U.S.

Similar Names

Emil is pronounced similarly to Amahl, Amal, Amel, Amiel, Amil and Amyel. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Adil, Akil, Axil, Bail, Earl, Edel, Edik, Edin, Efi, Egil, Eigil, Eli, Elia, Elie, Elis, Eliu, Elmir, Em, Eman, Emich, Emir, Emmit, Emyr, Enis, Eoin, Eri, Eric, Erie, Erik, Erin, Eriq, Erix, Erl, Ermin, Erol, Eskil, Evin, Ewin, Ezio, Gail, Gil, Hamil, Jamil, Kail, Kamil, Neil, Phil, Sail, Vail and Wil. These names tend to be less commonly used than Emil.