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Rhymes with cannibal.
kayisforkeen  8/26/2018
It's wayyy too close to the word "cannibal", and the Dr. Hannibal Lecter association would be terrible to live with. I think I'll pass on this one.
saranade  8/18/2018
My name is Hannibal, and I live in Denmark. I've had a lot of struggles, where people either can't spell the name, people singing a danish song which includes the name, and people associating it with Hannibal the Cannibal. I feel very away from the others at school, because of my weird name, and the fact that I'm a lot smaller than most of the others. I'm 19 years old, and I am really considering a name change. I have a hard time every time I need to introduce myself, because people can't hear what I'm saying, because every time I say the full name I'm ashamed of it. My parents thought I was very cute when I was little, I always smiled. Now I also smile, but I hate my life. I hope you won't put your child through the same.
claw1997  12/16/2016
Read what claw1997 typed. Don't do this to your kid.
Luvbug86  9/19/2018
Hannibal sounds like a name a surgeon would have.
Oleg Karachi  1/10/2016
Don't like the sound of it at all, and only think of the word "cannibal".
silly_rabbit  10/11/2015
Oy. Where to start?

On the positive side, the name Hannibal has the honour of having a famous Carthaginian military commander. Hannibal also has a mischievous sound to it, in my opinion. I can picture it on a boy who is fiery, mischievous and yet has a nice streak and is sophisticated among his colleagues.

On the negative side, there is only one person most people think of when they hear this name: Dr. Hannibal Lecter, or Hannibal the Cannibal, a notorious serial killer known for taking portions of his victim's flesh and making it into a gourmet dish on his whim.

Hannibal, however, is a good name for a kid if you don't mind the namesake. But it would be amusing if the little one was a vegetarian.
Amedee Lupien  8/27/2015
I love the name Hannibal. Very classy.
hkols  11/5/2014
Hannibal Hamlin was Abraham Lincoln's first vice president.
hkols  11/2/2014
The name Hannibal was given to eight baby boys born in the U.S. in 2013.
hkols  11/2/2014
I hate the way it sounds. I don't see any appeal in this name.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2014
Ever since I first heard the name Hannibal, watching Meerkat Manor, I've thought it's a cool name. It's been used for a meerkat, the one-eyed leader of the Commandos group, in Meerkat Manor, and in one of my stories, I've used it for a hyena. Sure, animals seem to get a bunch of cool names (Merrick, anyone?), but Hannibal has to be one of my favorites.
Deinonychus  12/31/2012
I love the sound of this name. I just hate that it is associated with Ba'al so I'd never use it.
Liesl  9/21/2012
I agree with some of the other users: I think it's a real shame that the name is always associated with Hannibal Lecter of the book/movies, because the name itself is very cute. I would even give a son Hannibal as a second name. I also really love the sib combo Hannibal & Mischa/Misha of the movie Hannibal Rising.
LoQuiero  2/18/2012
Unless you're a worshiper of Ba'al, this is a name you should DEFINITELY stay away from.

Besides, the name Ba'al conjures up the sight of a giant tall bull (in my head!).

Save your kid's dignity - even before (s)he is born.
high_chronicles  1/17/2011
All I can think about is the serial killer, the cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lector. I guess it is kind of a cute name if you have never heard of "The Silence of the Lambs," and you don't associate it with that, but the movie is pretty much a classic and people won't forget about it soon, at least in most English-speaking countries.
― Anonymous User  1/2/2011
Annibale CARACCI, great Italian painter.
Anton  3/8/2010
I don't know about using this, especially after it became associated with Hannibal Lecter. If you're of Spanish or Italian descent it would work fine, since forms of the name are used there, but in English it would look ridiculous.
bananarama  12/19/2009
Colonel Gaddafi's fifth eldest son is called Hannibal Gaddafi.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2009
It really is a wonderful name. If it weren't so associated with Hannibal Lector, it could be a wonderful name for a child these days.
ema_kala  8/26/2009
All I see is Hannibal the Cannibal. :)
Amy Nicole  5/18/2009
Hannibal is one of the guests at "the Cloisters" in John Patrick's play, "The Curious Savage". Hannibal thinks he can play the violin, but he really can't.
margs66  3/22/2009
Among the ancient Hamites, Semites, and Aryans theophoric names represent a large percentage. The Semitic Canaanite/Phoenician 'Hannibal' is the equivalent of the Semitic Hebrew 'Yochanan', better known as the English 'John'. The element [-ba'al] (Lord) of 'Hannibal' being replaced by the element [Yo-] (the first syllable of the unspeakable name of the God, i.e. the 'Ba'al' of the Jews). John/Joan/Anna, et al. has, of course, found its way via Christianity into a plethora of modern tongues.
JCA  7/29/2008
julesxoxo  6/15/2008
On "Meerkat Manor", Hannibal is the "just plain mean bully that nobody wants to see". He is the dominant male of the Cammandoes and is missing one eye.
FMRadio  6/3/2008
I don't like this as a name. It's rather oxymoronic, since Ba'al was not a god of grace. But for the Caananites it was seen as a very good name. Probably the only thing keeping him from getting sacrificed to Molech as a kid.
Atarah Derek  9/10/2007
Hannibal is such a cute name if you don't think about Hannibal Lecter.
RaelMayar  3/31/2007
This was the name of the town where Mark Twain grew up.
arrowhead909  1/19/2007
I really like this name. It's a shame that it is automatically associated with Hannibal Lector.
podolski_fan2  10/7/2006
Col. John "Hannibal" Smith was the leader of the "A-Team," an '80's T.V. show.
breakofday  12/22/2005
Hannibal Lecter is the name of a character from the book and movie, Silence of the Lambs. He is a brilliant and demented psychopathic killer known for his cannabalistic tendencies.
maura  12/3/2004
...I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.
Virjill  9/10/2006

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