Emil Origin and Meaning

The name Emil is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "rival".

In the US, the preferred boys' spin on the mega-popular Emily and Emma is Emmett, but in much of Europe it's Emil. As Emmett gets trendier in the US, parents in search of a more unusual Em name may look to Emil.

# 968 in the US

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# 397 on Nameberry

Emil Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Emil

  • Emil Herman Robert CedercreutzFinnish sculptor
  • Emil ÖhmannFinnish linguist
  • Johan Emil KauppiFinnish composer
  • Emil CioranRomanian philosopher
  • Emil Constantinescu3rd President of Romania
  • Emil Dominik Josef Hácha3rd President of Czechoslovakia
  • Emil Fredrick NervanderFinnish author
  • Emil IsacRomanian poet
  • Emil Theodor Kocherwinner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Emil MelmothMexican artist
  • Aquila EmilPapua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • Emil Adolf von Behringwinner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Frans Emil SillanpääFinnish winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
  • Jyrki Pekka Emil LinnankiviFinnish musician Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes
  • Emil Peter ForsbergSwedish professional footballer

Emil in Pop Culture

  • Emil i Lönnebergaseries of novels by Astrid Lindgren about a young prankster
  • "Emil"nickname of the Kurt Maschler Award for integrated text and illustration
  • Emil RiverChina and Kazakhstan
  • Emil Kolarcharacter on TV's "The Sopranos"
  • Emil Blonsky aka Abominationcharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Emil Antonowskya villain in film "RoboCop"
  • Emil Bleehallmain character at Walt Disney World's Adventurers Club
  • Emil Castagniermain character of the video game Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World"
  • Emil Hamiltoncharacter in DC Universe
  • Emil Eaglecharacter in Donald Duck comics
  • Dr. Emil Langcharacter in animated series "Robotech"
  • Emil SkodaM.D., character on TV's "Law & Orde"r and "Law & Order: SVU"
  • Emil Tischbeintitle character in "Emil and the Detectives" and its sequel by Erich Kästner
  • Emil Naruda scientist in video game "Starcraft II"
  • Emil Steilssoncharacter representing Iceland in anime "Hetalia: Axis Powers"
  • Emil Sinclairthe main character in "Demian" by Hermann Hesse
  • Dr. Emil Bretona character in film "Sisters"
  • Emilcharacter in video game "Nier"
  • Dr. Emil Schaffhausen IIImain character in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • Emilcharacter in World War II based book Emil and Karl