[ 2 syll. e-mil, em-il ] The baby boy name Emil is pronounced as eh-MIYL in English or EH-MiyL in German and Polish †. Emil is used predominantly in the Czech, English, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Scandinavian, and Slavic languages, and its origin is Latin. It is from the element 'aemulus' meaning imitating, rivaling. The first name is derived from the Roman family name Aemilius (Latin). The name Emily (English) is the female version of Emil.
Emil is a widely used name; it has 36 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Emelen, Emelio, Emiel, Emilano, Emilianus, Emilion, Emill, Emily, Emilyan, Emlen, Emlin, Emlyn, Emlynn, Emyl, and Emyle.
Foreign variants of Emil include Aemilio (Spanish), Amal (German), Aymil (Greek), Eemeli (Finnish), Eemil (Finnish), Emielo (Spanish), Emile (Dutch and French), Emilek (Czech and Polish), Emileo (Spanish), Emilian (Polish), Emiliano (Italian and Spanish), Emilio (Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish), Emils (Latvian), Émile (French), Hemilio (Spanish), Imelio (Spanish), Melo (Spanish), Milo (Czech and Spanish), Miyo (Spanish), and Yemelyan (Russian). Another foreign variant is the diminutive form Milko (Czech).
Emil is uncommon as a baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1901, 0.105% of baby boys were given the name Emil. It ranked at #136 then. The baby name has since markedly fallen in popularity, and is currently of irregular use. Within the group of boy names directly linked to Emil, Milo was the most widely used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Emil: EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"