Hannibal

Hannibal is the name of a famous Carthaginian general who is considered one of the greatest military generals in history and caused the Ancient Romans great fear. His name comes from Phoenician haan (grace) combined with the name Ba’al meaning “grace of Ba’al”, Ba’al being the name of the chief god of the Phoenician pantheon which means “lord, husband”. Hannibal is also a surname, either derived from the given name or else a variant spelling of Hunnibal or Hunnabell, an Old English surname perhaps derived from Germanic given name Hunnbald meaning “brave bear cub” from Germanic elements hunn (bear cub) and bald (bold, brave). It may also be a derivative of female given name Anabel derived from Late Latin Amabilis meaning “lovable”.

Origin: Phoenician, Germanic, Late Latin

Variants:

  • Annibale (Italian)
  • Aníbal (Spanish, Portuguese)

 

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Meliodas

Meliodas is the name of Tristan’s father of Tristan and Isolde fame, though in some versions his father is Rivalen. There’s not a lot I could find about the name’s meaning, though it was used for the main character in a manga called The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai in Japanese) which seems to be a blend of Arthurian legend, Christianity, and medieval folklore. If I had to take a guess, I would say that the first part of the name comes from Latin mel (honey) from Greek meli (honey) and Late Latin oda derived from Ancient Greek ōidḗ, a contracted form of aoidḗ meaning “song, ode” so the name could essentially meaning “sweet song” or “honey song”. Of course, the name could also be the masculine form of Melodia, also derived from Ancient Greek meaning “singing, chanting” from melos (song, melody) and aeídō (to sing, chant, praise). However, that’s just my guess. Since the stories of Arthurian legend were very popular, especially during medieval times and since there seems to be historical facts and figures mixed in with the legends, and it’s been written and rewritten by both English and French writers, it’s possible Meliodas was influenced by Latin and Greek although, once again, that’s purely my guess.

Origin: Ancient Greek

Variants:

  • Meliadus

 

Melissa

Melissa comes from Greek meaning “bee” or “honeybee”. In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who took care of a young Zeus when he was hidden from his father Cronus (though there are various versions of the myth naming other nymphs who looked after him) and fed him honey.

Origin: Greek

Variants:

  • Melyssa (English)
  • Melisa (English, Spanish, Bosnian)
  • Melitta (Ancient Attic Greek)
  • Melisa (Turkish)
  • Melis (Turkish)
  • Melika (Hawaiian)

 

Male forms:

  • Melissos (Ancient Greek)
  • Melissus (Ancient Greek)
  • Melisseus (Ancient Greek)