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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 "Safe, Brave or Guilty Pleasure".

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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.