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

Hannibal Origin and Meaning

The name Hannibal is a boy's name of Assyrian origin meaning "grace of Baal, god of fertility and fortune".

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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oliviamcdonald Says:


I love the movie Hannibal (I like horror), and I liked the book. Seriously disturbing. But for real life? That’s an affliction. there are a million strong names to choose from that aren’t linked to horrific serial killers and cannibals.

ParanoidAndroid Says:


My middle name is Hannibal. Some people acknowledge it and make their obligatory Hannibal Lecter reference. Some others surprisingly have no idea who either Hannibal Lecter or Barca are, but consider it a unique name. Yet most actually like the name when I tell them about the great Hannibal Barca. Definitely a puissant, yet overlooked name that more people should consider.

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.