US Popularity:2339
Other Origin(s):Latin, Scandinavian
Meaning:Rival; Striving to excel
Emil is one of those rare names that are popular in numerous cultures around the world, from France to Sweden to Romania, while remaining fresh and exotic to the ear. This industrious masculine name has German and Scandinavian roots and derives from the Latin family name Aemiliaus, one of the most powerful patrician families in ancient Rome. In Latin, this name means “striving to excel” or “rival,” encouraging your little one to strive for the best. Emil has many close masculine and feminine variants, including Émile, Emily, Emilia, and Amelia.

Emil Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Emil is currently #829 on The Bump
Boy:Emil is currently #455 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Emil is currently #2339 in U.S. births
Boy:Emil is currently #1128 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 4
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • WordSense, Emil

  • WordSense, aemulus

  • Behind the Name, Emil, November 2020

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Emil, October 2017

  • Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Emil

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