Gender: Male Meaning of Emil: "rival" Origin of Emil: Latin

The name Emil is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "rival". Emil and is often added to lists like Saints' Names For Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "New: Movie Title Family Name Game!".

From the experts:

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.

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Emil is #332 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Emil

Pop Culture References for the name Emil

Emlynn, Emlen, Emilion, Aimil, Emelen, Emilianus, Emlyn, Aymil, Emlin, Emilyan

Emil's International Variations

Emilian (Slavic) Emelinho, Emilinho (Portuguese) Emilano, Emilio (Spanish) Emeli (Finnish) Emile (French)


TechnoKitten Says:


I love Emil but I hate Emily...

Eliane Says:


Reminds me of Erich Kästner, one of the greatest authors and poets, because of his children's book Emil and the detectives.

kiwipop Says:


I actually really like this name

ashbee Says:


I think this is a really handsome, underused classic and strongly disagree with Nameberry here.

yvonne_virginia Says:


I LOVE this name!! And for some reason with feminizations (aside from names like Keitha or Marka) the boys' name always seems completely different from the girls'.

Catastroffy Says:


I don't see the slightly unfriendly feel, but I dislike this anyway.

Nicholas_Masovich Says:


This name sucks. I've known one or two who's name was Emil and they were all freaking annoying.
I personally don't like this name.