Hamilcar (Punic-Phoenician ?????? ḥmlqrt, Canaanite Hebrew אחי-מלקרת, meaning brother of Melqart, a Tyrian god) was a common name in the Punic culture. There are several different transcriptions into Greek and Roman scripts. The ruling families of ancient Carthage often named their members with the traditional name Hamilcar. For example:
- Hamilcar the Magonid — Basileus (king) of Carthage
- Hamilcar, son of Hanno, led the Carthaginian forces at the Battle of Himera in 480 BC throughout the First Sicilian War
- Hamilcar — Punic strategus against Timoleon of Syracuse
- A brother of Gisco (3) and possibly brother of Hanno (9) with whom he was executed in the middle of the fourth century BC (Polyen. Strat. V 11)
- Hamilcar the Rhodian — Possibly Carthaginian spy in the entourage of Alexander the Great, executed when returning to Carthage.
- Hamilcar, son of Gisgo and grandson to Hanno the Great, led a campaign against Agathocles of Syracuse throughout the Third Sicilian War. He defeated Agathocles in the Battle of the Himera River in 311 BC. He was captured throughout the Siege of Syracuse and then killed in 309 BC.
- Hamilcar — Strategus in Sicily and Punic Africa from 261 to 255 BC throughout the First Punic War. He isn't identical with the homonym officer mentioned by Diod. XXIV 12. ELip
- Hamilcar was a Carthaginian commander whose greatest achievement was winning the Battle of Drepanum in 249 BC throughout the First Punic War.
- Hamilcar Barca (about 270 – 228 BC) served as a Carthaginian general throughout and after the First Punic War (264 – 241 BC). His son was famed general Hannibal of the Second Punic War.