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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 "Adding then Eliminating - Boys Themed".

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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Famous People Named Emil

Emil Herman Robert Cedercreutz, Finnish sculptor
Emil Öhmann, Finnish linguist
Johan Emil Kauppi, Finnish composer
Emil Cioran, Romanian philosopher
Emil Constantinescu, 3rd President of Romania
Emil Dominik Josef Hácha, 3rd President of Czechoslovakia
Emil Fredrick Nervander, Finnish author
Emil Isac, Romanian poet
Emil Theodor Kocher, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Emil Melmoth, Mexican artist
Aquila Emil, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
Emil Adolf von Behring, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Frans Emil Sillanpää, Finnish winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
Jyrki Pekka Emil Linnankivi, Finnish musician Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes
Emil Peter Forsberg, Swedish professional footballer

Pop Culture References for the name Emil

Emil i Lönneberga, series of novels by Astrid Lindgren about a young prankster
"Emil", nickname of the Kurt Maschler Award for integrated text and illustration
Emil River, China and Kazakhstan
Emil Kolar, character on TV's "The Sopranos"
Emil Blonsky aka Abomination, character in Marvel Comics
Emil Antonowsky, a villain in film "RoboCop"
Emil Bleehall, main character at Walt Disney World's Adventurers Club
Emil Castagnier, main character of the video game Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World"
Emil Hamilton, character in DC Universe
Emil Eagle, character in Donald Duck comics
Dr. Emil Lang, character in animated series "Robotech"
Emil Skoda, M.D., character on TV's "Law & Orde"r and "Law & Order: SVU"
Emil Tischbein, title character in "Emil and the Detectives" and its sequel by Erich Kästner
Emil Narud, a scientist in video game "Starcraft II"
Emil Steilsson, character representing Iceland in anime "Hetalia: Axis Powers"
Emil Sinclair, the main character in "Demian" by Hermann Hesse
Dr. Emil Breton, a character in film "Sisters"
Emil, character in video game "Nier"
Dr. Emil Schaffhausen III, main character in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Emil, character in World War II based book Emil and Karl

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.