Of Latin origin.

From the Roman family name Aemilius of the gens Aemilia.

Aemilia, originally Aimilia, was one of the most ancient patrician houses of Rome. They were originated in the reign of Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome and held the highest offices of the state.

“Aemulus” in Latin means rival.

Feminine forms of the name are: Emily, Émilie, Emilia, Emlyn.

Alternative forms of the name are: Émile, Emilio, Emlyn, Aimilios.

Famous bearers are Émile Zola, Emil Zátopek, Emil Jannings, Emil Nolde, Emil Fischer.

Emil is a popular name in Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden.