Meaning and name origin
Hannibal \ha-nni-bal\ as a boy's name is of Phoenician origin, and the meaning of Hannibal is "grace of Baal". Name of 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.
Hannibal is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#22228 out of 88799, Top 25%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hannibal for boys (2014 statistics).