The name is an anagram of the Spanish word canibal, also the source of the English word "cannibal". Canibal comes from Christopher Columbus's designation Caniba for the Caribs. The name may also be inspired by the word Kaliban meaning black or with blackness in the English Romani language. As the first Romani immigrants arrived in England a century before Shakespeare wrote The Tempest, it is thought he may have been influenced by their exotic looks and manners. In this time Romanies in England were targeted for discrimination. Alternatively the name may originate from the Arabic for "wild dog".