Emil \e-mil\ as a boy's name is pronounced AY-mul. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Emil is "eager". From the old Roman surname Aemilius, meaning "eager" or possibly "laborious, rival". Used only since the mid 19th century. Emilio (eh-MEEL-ee-oh) is the Spanish form; Emile (ay-MEEL, EH-meel) is a French form. French author %2 Zola; actor Emile Estevez.
For more information, see also the related name Miles.