Emil – University of Copenhagen


How many boys were given this name in 2009?



The name Emil has its roots in the Roman family name Aemilius, which probably means 'friendly'. It may alternatively, however, be related to the Latin word 'aemulus' that means 'hardworking' or 'eager'.


Emil became popular in the 1980s and its popularity culminated in 1997 with 950 new bearers.

Well-known bearers of the name

Astrid Lindgren's little rascal Emil from Lønneberg is certainly in part responsible for the popularity of the name.