124 Best Horse Names

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There’s something magical about naming a horse. We start off as children with little plastic equines that we stable on our bookcases. We give those horses names like Star or Jet. Then we move up to digital models that we pilot through the pixelated worlds of our computer games. We give those horses names like Bramble or Lucky. But when it actually comes down to naming a real live horse, you’ll have to give it a little more thought.

Horse Names

 

While there may be 101 things that are far more important to consider when bringing home a new horse, somehow choosing the perfect name skyrockets to the top of the priority list. What’s more fun that carefully pondering all of the choices and ultimately selecting the best and most wonderful name? But with limitless possibilities, how do you narrow down the options and make your choice? You know only one name is going to be the right one. So how do you decide?

When naming a horse, you want to choose a name that will be the perfect fit. Maybe the name will reference the horse’s color in some way, or its personality, or its breed or bloodlines. Below, we’ve compiled several different lists, each distinctly suited to different types of horses (and ponies!). We’ve tried not to be too obvious, but if you truly feel that “The Black” is the best name for your ebony-coated equine, you can certainly feel free to go ahead and use it. But for the purposes of these lists, we have tried to move further away from clichés and find creative names that will capture your horse’s qualities and make you smile.

COAT COLOR NAMES

Horses are often given names that refer in some way to their coat color or pattern. For example, chestnuts get “red” names like Garnet, Ginger, or Flame. A horse’s coat color is a distinctive part of who he is, so it’s natural to want to incorporate that characteristic into a name. Here are lists of color names that are a bit off the beaten path:

Horse Names

 

Black Horse Names

  • NOIR
  • JAGUAR
  • EBONY
  • ONYX
  • DOMINO (for a black horse with white markings)

Bay and Brown Horse Names

  • CLEVELAND
  • ADOBE
  • CINNAMON
  • KIT KAT
  • BRANDY

Chestnut Horse Names

  • AUTUMN
  • OPIE
  • FIONA
  • PIPPI LONGSTOCKING (a chestnut with considerable chrome would be the best candidate for this name!)
  • PETER PAN
  • RUSSELL
Buckskin Horse

 

Palomino and Buckskin Horse Names

  • BLONDIE
  • RAPUNZEL
  • SPIRIT
  • TRAPPER
  • D’ORO

Gray Horse Names

Pinto Horse Names

  • SCOUT
  • LITTLE JOE
  • JIGSAW
  • PIRATE
  • REMBRANDT

TYPE-OF-HORSE NAMES

Many horsey people like to name their horses something that relates to their breed. Most breeds have a specific ‘style’ of name; for example, Arabians are often given Egyptian-inspired names, while Welsh Ponies often sport Welsh-inspired names and spellings. Here, however, we’re going to take a look at wider categories of horse types instead of individual breeds.

Belgian Draft horse

 

Draft Horse Names

  • MONTE
  • BAYMAX (the lovable, inflatable robot from Disney’s Big Hero 6)
  • GOLIATH
  • UNIVERSE

Sport Horse Names

  • BOLT
  • CHALLENGER
  • BILLIE JEAN (for tennis player Billie Jean King, winner of 39 Grand Slams, or choose the name of one of your favorite sports stars!)
  • FARGO
  • JET
  • VICTORY
  • PHARAOH (or use the infamous misspelling “Pharoah” if you’re a racing fan!)

Western Horse Names

  • TRIGGER
  • CHAMP
  • OAKLEY
  • BONNEY (The surname of notorious outlaw Billy the Kid, this name is nevertheless more suited for a mare considering its pronunciation)
  • RIO
  • DALE
  • GENE
  • CASH
  • CHISHOLM
Sport Pony

 

Pony Names

  • BUTTONS
  • MISTY
  • DOLLY
  • COOKIE
  • CHARLIE BROWN
  • KOKOMO (Comes complete with its own theme song!)
  • OLAF
  • THELWELL

PERSONALITY NAMES

You can go a few different routes with this kind of name. You can go by what your horse is—a bit of an alpha mare, a rather quiet gelding—and choose a name that reflects that, or you can give your horse a name that denotes a quality you would like him to have. These lists are just the beginning—use them as inspiration!

Elegant Horse Names

  • ISABELLE
  • RANDOLPH
  • DEBUTANTE (Choose this for her registered name, and “Debbie” can be her barn name)
  • MARQUIS
  • JULIET
  • HENRIETTA
  • VANDERBILT
  • VERSAILLES

Bossy Horse Names

  • EL JEFE (You can’t get much more literal than this; it means “The Boss” in Spanish, and is pronounced El HEH-fay. Use LA JEFA for a mare. )
  • QUEEN
  • BOOTS
  • MAJOR
  • BARKLEY
Horse Names

 

Silly Horse Names

  • BARNABY
  • WHISKERS
  • BALKI
  • NEWTON
  • TIGGER
  • BUSTER
  • FLOPSY (Mopsy and Cottontail would then be ideal names for stablemates.)

Names for Well-Traveled Horses

  • PARIS
  • SICILY
  • BEIJING
  • VANCOUVER
  • UTAH
  • SYDNEY
  • BERLIN
  • CAROLINA
  • PASSPORT
  • LONDON

Names for Cultured Horses

  • MOZART
  • JACKSON
  • BEETHOVEN
  • MONA
  • DICKINSON
  • BARD
  • DA VINCI
  • SULLIVAN
  • CHOPIN

Names for Horse Pairs

In the special case in which you have not one, but two horses to name (you lucky duck!), the process becomes even more complex because it’s multiplied. Double the trouble, if you will. And if you want to choose names that go well together . . . that’s enough to make even the most expert horse-namer throw up their hands in defeat.

Pair of Horses

 

So if you’re trying to select two perfect names that sound like they belong in adjacent stalls, what better way than to pick a duo that is already famous? Check out this list for ideas!

  • ANNE & DIANA
  • LEE & GRANT
  • FRED & BARNEY
  • WINSTON & CHURCHILL
  • RHETT & SCARLETT
  • LAVERNE & SHIRLEY
  • GARFIELD & ODIE
  • MARY & RHODA
  • BONNIE & CLYDE
  • SAM & DAVID (Fans of the “Little House on the Prairie” television series will recognize these as the names of Charles Ingalls’ team of powerful chestnuts.)
  • FRANK & JESSE
  • FLORENCE & NIGHTINGALE
  • SONNY & CHER

How about you? What are some of your favorite horse names? Leave a comment below and share your favorites!

Samantha Johnson is a freelance writer and the author of several books, including The Field Guide to Horses, (Voyageur Press, 2009). She raises Welsh Mountain Ponies in northern Wisconsin and is a certified horse show judge. Follow her on Twitter: @miraclewelsh

55 COMMENTS

  1. Left out a lot of good names. My TWH came with his name Smokey. My mini is Strider because he strides right along. I like Beauty,Max,Pie,Lady,Lucky,Bell,Beau,Rocky,Jasper,Ed, Flicka just to name a few.

  2. I love CHIEF,FOR A BUCKSKIN STUD,AND SWEET PEA,FOR A SWEET MARE,AND MARIO,FOR A SPUNKY STUD PONY,AND DALLAS,FOR A SWEET/SPUNKY STUD.(: those are my favorites because my horses are named those. haha!

  3. Nice suggestions. I had a Shetland that was named Peanut and also got a Welsh pony who was white except for her brown head I called her Popcorn.

  4. I have 3 horses with great names. I have “Oh-Be-One” also known around the barn as “Kenobi” (because I’m a major Star Wars geek). I have “Rue Britannia” known as “Renegade” (because she acts all nice and proper but can be stubborn and rejects authority often). And I have “Fate and Farewell” known as “Fetch”.

  5. I’ve had many horses the most resent to back is: Kipy Ki Yo Ki Ya,JJTaffy Miss, To Coin A Phrase, Roger,Spade, Dash’s NSF(No Spots Found), Her Halo Slipped, Fancy ALittle Cash, Fancy’s Sunday Special, Sterling, Latte. And there are more…

  6. I named my real horse Bramble. It suits her. I see it is on your list short list of reject names. Many of your good names are on my reject list.
    I’ve owned over 20 horses in my life time and named 15.
    The best name I came up with was Cameron. I think when you buy a horse it is best to stick with the barn name they know. After a while you might think it is best and the horse knows this name. Most of us don’t much like the names our Mothers give us but we usually just live with it. If the best thing about your horse is the smokin hot name you came up with, well…

  7. I am a model horse collector and one of my favorite things to do is collect interesting names for future models.
    I love your names! 🙂
    I don’t know where you got them, but they are really cool.

  8. What about Tom and Jerry for a nice ‘pair’?
    We have Matthew, Christopher, Henry, George, Wally, Leo, Ellie, Abbie, Ruby, Grace, Jess and Dusty. Then we had until very recently 2 donkeys, Gemma and Fergus – both passed away within weeks of each other. They were very old. We also have a jersey cow named Veronica.

  9. I will be calling my buckskin stallion Esprit, French for Spirit which I thought was a little too cliched plus, I am a huge fan of names that sound foreign, the ones where you feel the need for a different accent or to roll your tongue, things like Javador, Sakura, Sabina or, as I said, Esprit

  10. I had a Palomino Gelding named “Brave Warrior” “Warrior” for short. His mom was Palomino and dad was an Appaloosa. When Warrior was born I used part of his dads named and it proved to be a fitting name because Warrior had a big heart, smart and was my protector. He was the best first horse a girl could have. He definitely enjoyed the spotlight when it came to horse shows, parades, rodeos and trail rides never afraid.

  11. Zodiac themed names are always a fan favourite in my books; growing up I had a bay called Virgo and a quarter horse called Aquarious. I found out a few years later that Virgo is also a Norse Viking male name.
    Also Mathimatical themed names, I’ve always thought that BOMDAS (brackets of multiplication division addition subtraction) and Linear were cute name (as in a linear equation)
    TV show or Anime character names are good to; a friend of mine has a pair of ponies called Zelda and Link, they also had a pair of donkeys called Natsu and Happy.
    Hope this is useful information to anyone

  12. Was the picture of the young girl on the chocolate colored Rocky Mountain Horse doing dressage on the best names page in any magazines? She is my daughter and I was wondering how she ended up on the website. She is so honored and excited and was hoping to get more information about when and where the picture was taken and if it is anywhere else.
    Thanks so much!!

  13. This helped me so much!! I’m getting my first horse at the start of April so I badly needed a name and I’ve gone with “Barnaby”. Thank you so much !!

  14. Thanks for the help! Some of my favorite names are: Starlight, Eager Star, Flaming Glory, Hope, Sea Star, and Bold Beauty.

  15. why are people so mean? i love these name and I love the horse channel don’t listen to these haters love-your #1 horse girl

  16. This was so helpful to me but I think I’m gonna stick with the names : Nevermoore and Raven! Love y’all!

  17. I think all of these horse names are pretty ones, I hope yu guys can make others. I have this chestnut paint on my acreage named dizzy because of how crazy she gets

  18. Sicle
    Malika
    Malik

    These are okay names but I feel there should be more of a variety
    Malika means Queen and Malik means King

  19. I don’t own a horse, but I adore them! I do have a pet desert tortoise that I named “Chasca” after much research. She is named after the Incan goddess of the dawn and the dusk…
    I would name a female horse Chasca for sure! And a pair….well, Dawn and Dusk!

    If you go to various sites involving mythology and ancient cultures, there are MANY names of gods and goddesses that are very descriptive!!!

  20. I have come up with a few stable names

    Ash
    Sugar
    Bee
    Thunder
    Puzzle
    Rain
    Shadow
    Pollen
    Pepper
    Prince
    Oreo
    Mystery
    Midnight
    Eclipse
    Hurricane
    Ember
    Ebony
    Cookie
    Sparkles
    Sprinkles
    Cinnamon
    Clover
    Coco
    Ace
    Alpha
    Moon
    Sweetie
    Static
    Comet
    Brownie
    Luna
    Apollo
    and my favourite Romeo

  21. the very first horse I had was named Chief, large chestnut gelding, retired from barrel racing. The first horse I ever got had the name “Big Red” He was a thoroughbred pin fired off the track. I hated the name and decided on “Rowan” which means big, red, strong, and it is a red fruit bearing tree. He quickly learned this name and it suited him to a tee. From the get go I would yell his new name when he was out to pasture, each time he came to me he got a treat, he learned his name quickly. Best horse I ever had. My husband has a palomino and white Saddlebred with a beautiful blonde mane and tail. My husband asked me to name him, we call him “Trace” his show name is “Without a Trace”. He is actually named after the country singer Trace Adkins: big, tall, burly, blonde…….lol

  22. I currently own a ranch and most of these names are often used.
    But I was glad to see some names I have never seen before on a horse like, “Noir”
    or “Passport”!

    I have a total of 23 horses and I can briefly describe about 3 of them from the top of my head.

    We have a small pinto named “Shimmer”. She has a beautiful white/cream coat with dark brown splotches on her pelt.

    I also have twins ( not really, but they act like it )! They are both pretty black Arabians with a white mane and tail and both of them are broke-in. Their names are Plum & Vimmy. The only way to tell them apart, is that Plum has a white blaze and Vimmy does not.

    Again, very lovely list!
    Here are some “different” name suggestions.

    July
    Boston
    Miles
    Mariposa
    Gardenia
    Posie & Poppy (horse pair)
    Pearl
    Lawrence
    Zinc
    Easter or Ester
    Willow
    Sunday
    Briar
    Tamia
    Jayleen
    Seashell or Shelly
    Sasha
    Gunnar
    Harvey
    Hooper
    Lincoln
    Amber
    Austria
    Spring
    Thor
    Rock Around The Clock or “Rocky” for short
    Rosey
    Rimfire
    Marie Antoinette or Marie or Annie
    Peachy
    Afterclap
    Southern Belle or Belle
    Henley
    Cleopatra or “Cleo” for short
    Fortune
    Cha Cha
    Snow
    Calypso
    Nevada

  23. I have have 4 horses they are all mine. The Arabian’s name is Flicka, because she looks like Flicka in the movies but white. My beautiful Black Stallion(Breed- Rocky Mountain Horse)is Phantom. And my two twin foals the Flicka and Phantom had is (both grey bodies with a brown face) Storm and Blaze.

  24. i’ve always loved the name Humphrey with the show name peaceful warrior (humphrey is the germanic name for this) especially for a friesian❤️

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