The name Hannibal is of Hebrew origin and means "One Who Baal Has Favored." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Phoenician/Carthaginian form of Hananbaal. Hannibal Barka, Carthaginian General who won the battle of Cannae and took elephants over the Alps. Hannibal Lecter, villian from the novels and movies of Thomas Harris ("Red Dragon", "Silence of the Lambs").