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In Sweden this name is (fondly) connected to the books about Emil i Lönneberga by Astrid Lindgren.
― Anonymous User  12/13/2005
Very traditional name for Czechs.
ladyoflaurelandash  2/2/2006
Also, from the Teutonic (Old High German), meaning 'the industrious'.
em_fp  2/26/2006
Name of an old patrician family at Rome. Aemilia is also a gens. Also related to the name Aemilianus.
― Anonymous User  4/18/2006
In Finnish we double the initial-e: Eemil, while as Emil (i Lönneberga) is translated as (Vaahteramäen) Eemeli. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  10/18/2006
Perhaps the following definitions evolve from the idea that "Emil" means "rival" -- they actually do seem logical extensions to me.
Other meanings of "Emil"
1) The Latin family [gens] name -- Aemilius -- comes from the Latin word "aemulus", meaning "imitating, rivaling" [from] -- So this "rival" challenges the opponent by first trying to imitate and EMULATE.
2) Emil means “industrious” [from: < Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006] -- After imitating/emulating, the "rival" then works hard to supercede their opponent = working to gain the upper hand by being "industrious".
3) It's interesting to note that there is a major region in Italy called Emilia-Romagna (it was the destination of a major road from Rome heading North called the "via Emilia," because it was built by the Aemilius family living in that region -- see also Wikipedia's citiation for the town, "Reggio Emilia".]) It just so happens to be the "second richest region" in Italy (according to Wikipedia), proving that the name still inspires people to be successfully industrious!
4) Under the name "Emily," you also may want to note that it has been the most popular girls name in the US for over 10 years now.
ECW888  1/15/2007
Emil Racoviţă (November 15, 1868—November 17, 1947) was a Romanian biologist, zoologist, speleologist and explorer of Antarctica.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2007
Emil Boc is the current mayor of Cluj-Napoca, a large city in northwestern Romania with a population of about 318,000.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2007
Emil is the name of Remy's older brother in the Disney*Pixar movie, Ratatouille.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2007
Emil Palade was a Romanian biologist who received the Nobel Prize for his contributions to cell biology.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2007
Emil Cioran (April 8, 1911 – June 20, 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Emil here:
_satu_  1/17/2008
The ancient historian Plutarch, in his Life of Numa (VIII.9-10), claimed that the meaning of the name "Aemilius" referred to an individual who spoke with grace and engaging charm. Aemilius was thus the additional name that King Numa bestowed upon his son Mamercus (named for a son of Pythagoras), and this name of Aemilius became the name of the patrician family of Rome descended from Mamercus.
Nanaea  6/17/2008
Emil is the name of one of Professor Bhaer's nephews in Louisa May Alcott's books.
― Anonymous User  3/2/2009
Emil, and a traditional Czech name? You've got to be kidding. It's rarely used among Czechs, it isn't of Czech origin and it has no connection to Czech culture and history whatsoever.

[traditional or not, it is the 65th most used name in the Czech Republic -ed]
that one  4/3/2010
I'm sorry, but it is not. Eliška is the 65th most used name in the Czech Republic. Emil is about 150th "most" used name, and there are only about 10 thousands Czechs bearing this name in the whole world. But all I really wanted to say was that the above comment is wrong in its statement that Emil is a traditional Czech name, because Emil, regardless how "often" used, is not a "very traditional name for Czechs". Ask any Czech you want. :)
that one  7/12/2010
I really like this name. I think it's very handsome and sophisticated.
bananarama  2/17/2011
In the USofA there is a restaurant called something like Emil Villa's. It's pronounced EE-məl, though. I think it sounds nice either way.
Meapergirl  10/23/2011
I know someone with this name that goes by the pronunciation A-mill.
blueeyesparkle  6/25/2012
Middle name of Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips.
glassmidnight  7/20/2012
Emil Zátopek, Czech long-distance runner best known for his "hat trick" at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic games. Winning the gold medal and setting Olympic records in the 5,000m, 10,000m and the Marathon—a race he had never run before.
Jiminy cricket  8/6/2012
I believe Remi's brother in the movie ratatouille is named Emil, pronounced eh-MEEL. I like the pronunciation a lot and I think this is a really handsome, underused name (at least in modern day in the US) and very easy to grow up with :-)
― Anonymous User  7/14/2013
Though very popular in Scandinavia, the name Emil has fallen out of the top 1000 in the United States. It was only given to 114 baby boys here in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
Emil Sinclair is the narrator of Hermann Hesse's breakthrough novel Demian (1919). Another famous bearer is Emil Sitka (22 December 1914-16 January 1998), a longtime, popular supporting actor in the Three Stooges' films.
Anyechka  9/29/2013
What a cute, masculine name! :) It's totally underused & under appreciated where I live. :(
― Anonymous User  4/8/2015
The name is also rather common in Iceland. [noted -ed]
vadskajagtamigtill  6/14/2015
I have a friend of mine named Emile, and it's pronounced just like Emil.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2015
I've seen this name before and thought it was odd-sounding. Of course, that's because I was saying it wrong. Met an Emil (and heard how it was really pronounced) and it's beautiful; one of my favorites now!
― Anonymous User  2/27/2016
The name Emil was given to 126 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/21/2016
Hungarian pronunciation: E-mil. [noted -ed]
HerculePoirot  7/18/2016
Russian name. [noted -ed]
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  2/19/2017
Not sure if this counts, but Emil Nekola (fictional character) from Yuri! On Ice is fairly popular. Maybe even 'Emil Steilsson' (unofficial name) from Hetalia (he's the personification of Iceland).
― Anonymous User  6/21/2017
Obviously the male form of Emily. It is also 'lime' backwards.
Hushpuppy  1/2/2018

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