Emil is a traditional baby boy’s name of Latin origin meaning “rival”. Emil was popular for most of the 20th century but fell out of fashion in the mid-1980’s. Despite the trend of early 20th century names becoming popular once more, Emil has been overlooked.
Meaning of the name Emil:
Origin of the name Emil:
Emil is a baby boy’s name of Latin origin. Emil means “rival” and is derived from the Latin term “aemulus”. Emil was originally a surname in the form of Aemilius before being adapted into a given name.
Symbolism of the name Emil:
Emil means “rival” which brings to mind competitions like sporting events. To the Ancient Romans, the symbol of victory was a wreath of bay laurel that was worn as a crown.
Style of the name Emil:
Gender of the name Emil:
Emil is a boy's name.
Pronunciation of the name Emil:
ə-MEEL, EHM-il (English), EH-mil (Swedish, Czech) EH-meel (German, Slovak, Hungarian), EHN-myeel (Polish), eh-MYEEL (Russian)
Number of syllables in the name Emil:
Emotion evoked from the name Emil:
Emil evokes feelings of hard work and tradition.
Alternative spellings for the name Emil:
Amil, Emyl, Emeel
Nicknames for the name Emil:
Popularity of the name Emil:
According to the Social Security Administration, Emil was a popular baby boy’s name for most of the 20th century. Emil was on the top 1000 names from 1900 to 1984. It peaked at #136 in 1901.
Related names for the name Emil:
Great middle names for the name Emil and their meanings:
- Lawrence (from Laurentium)
- Cato (all-knowing)
- Weston (from the western town)
- Willis (resolute protection)
- Fenix (firebird)
- Jasper (bringer of treasure)
- Miles (merciful, solder)
- Theo (gift of God)
Famous people with the name Emil:
- Emil Cioran (Romanian philosopher)
- Emil Fredrick Nervander (Finnish author)
- Emil Isac (Romanian poet)
- Emil Theodor Kocher (Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine)
- Emil Melmoth (Mexican artist)
Emils in popular culture:
- Emil Kolar (television, “The Sopranos”)
- Emil Blonsky aka Abomination (comics, Marvel Comics)
- Emil Antonowsky (film, “RoboCop”)
- Emil Naruda (video game, “Starcraft II”)
- Emil (video game, “Nier”)