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Gender: M Meaning of Hannibal: "grace of Baal, god of fertility and fortune" Origin of Hannibal: Punic and Assyrian

These days, it's thought of less as the name of the great general and more as the first name of Lecter the fictional cannibal. Either association is too heavy for a child to bear.

Famous People Named Hannibal

Hannibal, Carthaginian general who hounded Rome in the Second Punic War (218-201 BC)
Hannibal Hamlin, 15th Vice President of the US (1861-5)
Hannibal Buress, comedian

Pop Culture References for the name Hannibal

Hannibal Lecter, character in a series of horror novels and films by Thomas Harris
Hannibal Smith, played by Liam Neeson in "The A-Team"
Hannibal Chollop, from "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844) by Charles Dickens
Hannibal, an elephant character in the 'Heroes Of Olympus' series.