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

The name Hannibal is a boy's name of Assyrian origin meaning "grace of Baal, god of fertility and fortune". Hannibal and is often added to lists like Colonial Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia - with middles!".

From the experts:

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.

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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 Amir Buress, American comedian
Hannibal Lokumbe (born Marvin Peterson), American jazz trumpeter
Hannibal Muammar Gaddafi, son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
Hannibal Ingalls Kimball, American businessman
Hannibal Hawkins Macarthur, Australian colonialist and businessman
Hannibal Navies, American NFL player
Hannibal Sehested, Danish Governor-general of Norway

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
Hannibal Bates aka Everyman, character on TV's "The Flash"
Hannibal Niccals, Murdoc of the Brit band Gorillaz's brother.



eve Says:


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eve Says:


whetever TALIA

eve Says:


i dont need your judgment nameberry. my child will conquer u weaklings

LostKid Says:


Too much like Cannibal to me

Michaela Says:


Hannibal is quite ugly. :/

TaliaCat Says:


I'm really shocked that anyone in the English-speaking world is naming their son this. Very surprising to me... But to each his or her own.

Zelliew Says:


I think of Hannibal, the cannibal.......can't help it

Christine Bath Says:


Colleen, that's so nice to hear. I really want Hannibal as a boys name but my husband and family are dead against me. And i love Hunny as a nickname!♡

EthelBeavers Says:


If I ever met someone named Hannibal, I would immediately think "as in Lector?"

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I don't think they're heavy associations. I think they're strong and distinguished ones. Hannibal is a powerful, sophisticated and rather domineering name choice - perfect and professional enough for a grown man. But at the same time, it is soft and gentle enough in terms of sound to work for a baby or an adorable little boy. There is nothing wrong with this name. It is amazing, in my personal opinion. The same can be said for Attila, come to think of it...

Colleen Says:


My 4.5 year old is named Hannibal, People that know him don't think about Hannibal Lector, they think about it. His name suits him to a T. He loves his name. No one in his generation associates the name with Hannibal Lector. My DH's family is German, so he gets "Hunny" as a nickname.

Kryssy V Says:


Tumblr has kind of made me love this name. Hannie is adorable as a child, and a simple, plain Han is good when being 'serious' and short.

Terry Says:


Please don't name your child Hannibal.