What does Hannibal mean?
From the Latin form of the Carthaginian Hanni Ba'al (hann is Phoenician for "grace, favor" and Baal is a god's name meaning "lord, king"). Hannibal Barca, son of Hamilcar, was a great general of Carthage, a kingdom in North Africa. He was an enemy of the Roman Empire and masterminded a great military feat when he crossed the Alps with a baggage train of elephants to invade Italy. Literary: the name was made famous by the cannibalistic character Hannibal Lector in Tomas Harris' novel "Silence of the Lambs" (1988).
Related boy name: Hasdrubal.Kreatif forms: Hanibal, Harnibal, Honibal. [more]
How popular is Hannibal?
Hannibal is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#21142 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)
The only prominent alternative form of Hannibal (outside Top 1000) appearing in the Top 1000 is Anibal. Adoption of this relation of Hannibal reached its apex during 1940-1949 (adoption of 0.53%) and has become much less since. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Hannibal and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)