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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Emil

"Emil" is a name of German origin, and it means "To Strive or Excel or Rival". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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From German Emil, from Latin Aemilius, a Roman family name from aemulus (“rival”). Cognate with French Émile.

  1. A male given name.

Emil was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Faroese, German, Hungarian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Emil

Klaus Fuchs was a scientist in the field of theoretical physics. Klaus was given the name Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs on December 29th, 1911 in Rüsselsheim am Main. He passed away on January 28th, 1988.

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Emil Blonsky is a comics character.

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Emil Forsberg is a soccer player for the RB Leipzig, GIF Sundsvall, Malmö FF, Sweden national under-19 football team, and Sweden national football team. Emil was born on October 23rd, 1991 in Sundsvall.

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Emil Zátopek was an athlete. Emil was born on September 19th, 1922 in Kopřivnice. He died on November 22nd, 2000.

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Emil Cioran was a philosopher. Emil was born on April 8th, 1911 in Rășinari, Austro-Hungary. He passed away on June 21st, 1995.

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Cory Wells was a rock music singing. Cory was given the name Emil Lewandowski on February 5th, 1941 in Buffalo, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on October 20th, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Emil

Christian Emil was a prime minister. His most notable accomplishments were from 1865 to 1870. Christian was born on December 8th, 1817 in Frijsenborg. He breathed his last breath on October 12th, 1896.

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Duke was born on September 20th, 1802. He passed away on December 18th, 1818.

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They were most prominent from 1923 to 1938. Jenő was given the name Binder Jenő Emil on May 17th, 1907 in Szatmárnémeti, Austria-Hungary. They left this life on June 7th, 1938.

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Aquila was born in Papua New Guinea. He breathed his last breath on February 4th, 2011.

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Emil is a soccer player for the A.S. Pro Gorizia, A.C. Lumezzane, U.C. AlbinoLeffe, A.S.D. Junior Biellese Libertas, A.S.D. Calcio Ivrea, A.C. Carpenedolo, Bassano Virtus 55 S.T., A.S.D. Itala San Marco Gradisca, Venezia F.C., Pordenone Calcio, and Calcio Padova.

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How popular is the baby name Emil in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 119 0 119
1881 145 0 145 #90 boy name
1882 157 0 157 #93 boy name
1883 139 0 139 #99 boy name
1884 175 0 175 #91 boy name
1885 138 0 138
1886 127 0 127
1887 146 0 146 #100 boy name
1888 142 0 142
1889 146 0 146
1890 165 0 165
1891 133 0 133
1892 157 0 157
1893 159 0 159
1894 128 0 128
1895 136 0 136
1896 148 5 143
1897 131 0 131
1898 158 0 158
1899 128 0 128
1900 127 0 127
1901 122 0 122
1902 136 0 136
1903 128 0 128
1904 101 0 101
1905 122 0 122
1906 139 0 139
1907 150 0 150
1908 141 0 141
1909 153 0 153
1910 194 0 194
1911 214 0 214
1912 407 0 407
1913 557 6 551
1914 689 5 684
1915 926 8 918
1916 970 0 970
1917 1,012 8 1,004
1918 912 0 912
1919 854 7 847
1920 842 7 835
1921 827 8 819
1922 830 6 824
1923 804 6 798
1924 796 6 790
1925 730 8 722
1926 688 6 682
1927 629 7 622
1928 587 7 580
1929 504 7 497
1930 514 5 509
1931 455 7 448
1932 391 0 391
1933 370 0 370
1934 335 0 335
1935 325 5 320
1936 273 0 273
1937 275 0 275
1938 327 5 322
1939 274 0 274
1940 263 0 263
1941 297 0 297
1942 259 0 259
1943 262 0 262
1944 222 0 222
1945 223 0 223
1946 246 0 246
1947 258 0 258
1948 251 0 251
1949 217 0 217
1950 206 0 206
1951 215 0 215
1952 206 0 206
1953 183 0 183
1954 180 0 180
1955 178 0 178
1956 174 0 174
1957 188 0 188
1958 170 0 170
1959 162 0 162
1960 165 5 160
1961 148 0 148
1962 145 0 145
1963 126 0 126
1964 132 0 132
1965 146 0 146
1966 99 0 99
1967 102 0 102
1968 97 0 97
1969 109 0 109
1970 124 0 124
1971 100 0 100
1972 92 0 92
1973 102 0 102
1974 92 0 92
1975 98 0 98
1976 89 0 89
1977 82 0 82
1978 89 0 89
1979 94 0 94
1980 89 0 89
1981 77 0 77
1982 82 0 82
1983 98 0 98
1984 84 0 84
1985 79 0 79
1986 62 0 62
1987 89 0 89
1988 73 0 73
1989 76 0 76
1990 82 0 82
1991 91 0 91
1992 104 0 104
1993 71 0 71
1994 94 0 94
1995 90 0 90
1996 73 0 73
1997 63 0 63
1998 69 0 69
1999 99 0 99
2000 89 0 89
2001 108 0 108
2002 97 0 97
2003 86 0 86
2004 79 0 79
2005 92 0 92
2006 101 0 101
2007 112 0 112
2008 134 0 134
2009 147 0 147
2010 106 0 106
2011 106 0 106
2012 114 0 114
2013 115 0 115
2014 120 0 120
2015 127 0 127
2016 124 0 124

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Popularity of Emil as a first name

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Popularity of Emil as a last name

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Common last names for Emil

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  • Peterson
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  • Schultz
  • Meyer
  • Mueller
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  • Hansen
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  • Wagner
  • Fischer
  • Schroeder

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Emil U.S.
  White 73.95% 64.26%
  African American 4.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Emil

People with the last name Emil are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Emil

  • How Popular is the name Emil? Emil is the 1,317th most popular name of all time. As a last name Emil was the 74,141st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Emil have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 31,800 babies born with the first name Emil in the United States. That's more than enough people named Emil to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Emil? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 119 new born babies.
  • When was Emil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Emil is Sunday, September 17th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Emil born? The highest recorded use of the first name Emil was in 1917 with a total of 1,004 babies. That's a lot of babies named Emil!
  • Random Emil Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Emil ranks 70th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 26 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Emil: Your name in reverse order is Lime. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Imle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Emil? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 261 people with the last name Emil.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Emil? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Emil as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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