Origin of the name HANNIBAL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HANNIBAL.
form of Phnician Chanbaal
(q.v.), meaning "grace of Baal." Usage: Cornwall, England, France.
Hannibal (born 247 B.C.)
the Carthaginian, the most implacable enemy of the Romans, when a child
of nine years knelt in the temple by the side of his father Hamilcar,
and vowed eternal hatred to Rome...
... the far-famed Hannibal
himself answered exactly to the Hananiah or Johanan
of the Holy Land, saying that it was the grace of Baal that unhappily he
besought by his very appellation. The Greeks called him Annibas,
and the Romans wavered between Annibal
Hannibal as the designation of their great enemy. In the
latter times of Rome, when the hereditary prænomina were discarded,
Annibal and Annibalianus were given among the grand sounds that mocked
their feeble wearers, and Annibale
lingered on in Italy, so as to be known to us in the person of Annibale
It is a more curious fact, however, that
Hannibal has always been a favourite with the peasantry of
Cornwall. From the first dawn of parish registers Hannyball
is of constant occurrence, much too early, even in that intelligent
county, to be a mere gleaning from books; and the west country surname
of Honeyball must surely be from the same source. (History of
Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)