The 200 Best Horse Names for 2021

By: Monica WeymouthUpdated:

horse names
Chewy Studios

The 200 Best Horse Names for 2021

What’s in a name? When it comes to horse names, plenty!

In the United States, racehorses must be registered with The Jockey Club, which has extremely strict naming requirements. For example, your chosen name must be completely original, having never been used by another racehorse. It also can’t be more than 18 characters long, use only initials, or contain the name of a famous person or trademarked brand without their approval. These restrictions lead to those memorable Kentucky Derby names, such as Carpe Diem, Oscar Nominated and Imawildandcrazyguy, to name a few.

When it comes to pet horses, however, you’re free to pick any name you’d like. There’s plenty of inspiration out there, from your breed’s history to their unique coat color, from modern pop culture to the cowboy history of the Wild West. Where to start? Find the perfect pick with our list of the 200 best horse names. Giddy up!

Name
Description
Name

Abraxas

Description

In Greek mythology, Abraxas was one of the immortal horses of Helios, the sun god.

Name

Adobe

Description

Adobe can reference a clay-colored coat, or California’s Adobe Creek, site of the swanky Pink Horse Ranch country club of the 1950s.

Name

Alastor

Description

The name of the black horse belonging to the Greek God Hades.

Name

Alfonso

Description

The fun-to-say name of Pippi Longstocking’s horse.

Name

Angus

Description

Fans of the Disney/Pixar movie “Brave” will recognize Angus as Merida’s faithful Shire horse.

Name

Annie

Description

In honor of Wild West icon Annie Oakley, who infamously demonstrated her sharp-shooting ability while standing on horseback.

Name

Anwen

Description

This Welsh name means “fair,” making it perfect for palominos.

Name

Argo

Description

The name of Xena’s beloved horse on “Xena: Warrior Princess.”

Name

Arion

Description

Arion is the name of a speedy, black-maned horse in Greek mythology.

Name

Arizona

Description

The state is home to the iconic Salt River wild horses.

Name

Arrow

Description

For the horse who is “swift as an arrow.”

Name

Artax

Description

Artax was Atreyu's horse in “The Neverending Story.”

Name

Arvana

Description

This Sanskrit name means “running like a horse.”

Name

Arya

Description

In “Game of Thrones,” Arya Stark rides a mysterious white horse.

Name

Asva

Description

Another Sanskrit option, Asva references the strength and speed of horses.

Name

Autumn

Description

This seasonal name calls to mind harvest season on the farm and works great for horses with coats the colors of fallen leaves, like brown or reddish.

Name

Barley

Description

This old-fashioned boy’s name is perhaps better suited for horses, who enjoy eating the grain.

Name

Barnaby

Description

With “barn” right there in the name, Barnaby is a playful choice with a posh pedigree.

Name

Beau

Description

Beau was the name of John Wayne’s horse in the movie “True Grit.”

Name

Belle

Description

A simple, classic name for the belle of the barn.

Name

Bianca

Description

Meaning “white” in Italian, Bianca is a fitting choice for the palest palominos.

Name

Blondie

Description

For mares with golden manes.

Name

Boaz

Description

Have a speedy stallion? Boaz is a Hebrew name meaning “swiftness.”

Name

BoJack

Description

A nod to BoJack Horseman, the self-loathing, famously cynical animated horse voiced by Will Arnett.

Name

Bolt

Description

For horses who were born to run.

Name

Bonney

Description

Old West outlaw Billy the Kid had numerous pseudonyms, including William H. Bonney.

Name

Boone

Description

A reference to Daniel Boone, the American pioneer and frontiersman known for his riding skills.

Name

Boots

Description

Many horses have white leg markings, sometimes called “stockings.” For a cute horse name, consider Boots!

Name

Boreas

Description

In Greek mythology, Boreas was the god of the north wind. When taking the shape of a horse, he drew the chariot of Zeus.

Name

Brandy

Description

The liquor’s rich, golden brown hue is fitting for horses with brunette coats, also known as “bay.”

Name

Bronco

Description

The word “bronco” refers to an untrained or wild horse, but it lends a cool vibe to even the most well-mannered pet.

Name

Bronte

Description

A mythical Greek horse who breathed light and fire.

Name

Bronwen

Description

Meaning “fair,” this Welsh name is fitting for both palominos and Welsh ponies.

Name

Brownie

Description

A sweet name for brown beauties.

Name

Buckbeak

Description

In “Harry Potter,” Buckbeak is the name of Hagrid’s hippogriff, a magical animal with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a horse.

Name

Bucky

Description

“Bucking” refers to when a horse lowers their head and kicks their back feet into the air.

Name

Bud

Description

A “cheers” to Budweiser, whose famous Clydesdales are a Super Bowl commercial tradition.

Name

Bullseye

Description

Giddy up! Bullseye is the name of Woody’s loveable horse in the “Toy Story” franchise.

Name

Bunny

Description

Bunny was the name of Laura’s horse in “Little House on the Prairie.”

Name

Butch

Description

Legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy got his start stealing horses before moving on to train and bank robberies.

Name

Buttermilk

Description

A cute country name with an even cuter nickname—Butters!

Name

Butterscotch

Description

A sweet pick for golden palominos.

Name

Buttons

Description

Buttons is a “spot on” name for speckled breeds, such as the Appaloosa.

Name

Capala

Description

Of Hindi origin, the name Capala can mean “swift” or “lightning.”

Name

Capilet

Description

The name of a gray horse in Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

Name

Cappuccino

Description

Perfect for pinto horses with brown and white patterns.

Name

Captain

Description

In Disney’s “101 Dalmatians,” Captain is the name of the gray horse who helps rescue the puppies.

Name

Carmine

Description

Of Latin origin, Carmine means “red,” making it perfect for horses with reddish coats, also known as “sorrel.”

Name

Carrot

Description

For a food-inspired name, consider this favorite horse snack.

Name

Cash

Description

A tip of the hat to songwriter and actor Johnny Cash, who always maintained his farm boy roots.

Name

Cedar

Description

The red-hued wood is a colorful namesake for sorrels.

Name

Champ

Description

Whether or not your horse races, they’ll always be a Champ in your eyes.

Name

Chapal

Description

In Sanskrit, the name Chapal means “quick.”

Name

Charlie Brown

Description

Charlie Brown had a pet beagle, but the cartoon character makes a fun name for brown horses.

Name

Checkers

Description

A playful name for spotted horses.

Name

Chestnut

Description

The common coat color can also make a classic name.

Name

Cheval

Description

Cheval is the word for a male horse in French, making it a great male horse name.

Name

Chevy

Description

This French name means “horseman” or “knight.”

Name

Cheyenne

Description

The beautifully named capital of Wyoming, a state that’s home to America’s second-largest population of wild horses.

Name

Chiron

Description

Chiron was a centaur in Greek mythology known for his wisdom.

Name

Chisholm

Description

In post-Civil War America, cowboys used the Chisholm Trail to drive cattle from Texas to Kansas.

Name

Cinnamon

Description

A spicy name for mares with a sprinkle of red in their coats.

Name

Clint

Description

Actor Clint Eastwood first found success in Westerns.

Name

Clover

Description

Clover is a tasty part of pastures, and can also lend a lucky sensibility for rescue horses.

Name

Clyde

Description

Could there be a more perfect name for a Clydesdale? Neigh!

Name

Cocoa

Description

For sweet, chocolate-brown companions.

Name

Colt

Description

The trendy baby boy’s name is also the word for a young male horse—so why not make it your male horse’s name?

Name

Comet

Description

A celestial choice for a similarly speedy animal.

Name

Cookie

Description

The baked good also makes a cute term of endearment, especially if your horse’s coat is spotted like the chocolate chip variety.

Name

Dakota

Description

The badlands of North Dakota have been home to wild horses since the mid-19th century.

Name

Dallas

Description

No matter where you live, the Texas city calls to mind ranch life in the Lone Star State.

Name

Dale

Description

Yorkshire Dales in England is home to the Dales pony, a mountain breed now considered rare.

Name

Dashiell

Description

This Scottish name comes with a very horse-friendly nickname – Dash!

Name

Davy

Description

In honor of Davy Crockett, the folk hero and frontiersman.

Name

Dawn

Description

Most foals are born before the sun rises in the morning. For the rare sunrise arrival, consider Dawn.

Name

Debutante

Description

If you’d like a formal name for your filly, try Debutante—and call her Debbie, for short!

Name

Diana

Description

In Roman mythology, Diana is the goddess of the hunt and domestic animals.

Name

Dolly

Description

For horses with big blonde manes, consider Dolly after the one and only Dolly Parton.

Name

Domino

Description

Perfect for spotted horses with a playful side.

Name

Dothraki

Description

In “Game of Thrones,” the Dothraki are a nomadic tribe who travel by horseback.

Name

Dottie

Description

A fitting name for spotted Appaloosas.

Name

Ebony

Description

The dark wood is an elegant name for black horses.

Name

Elsa

Description

With her signature blonde braid, Elsa of “Frozen” fame is pure palomino perfection.

Name

Epona

Description

Celtic goddess Epona is the patron of horses.

Name

Étaín

Description

In Irish mythology, the goddess Étaín is known as the “horse rider.”

Name

Fargo

Description

The North Dakota city could be a fun nod to the state’s wild horses.

Name

Ferrari

Description

Famously fast and gorgeous, just like horses.

Name

Finley

Description

This Irish name means “fair-haired (or coated!) hero,” a perfect pick for fair-coated horses.

Name

Fiona

Description

This female horse name is the girl version of Finley, for lady horses who are fair-haired heroes in their own right.

Name

Flame

Description

Ideal for sorrels with warm red coats.

Name

Freckles

Description

A cute horse name for a spotted steed.

Name

Gandalf

Description

Known as the “Gray Pilgrim” in “The Lord of the Rings,” Gandalf adds a bit of magic to silver-hued horses.

Name

Georgia

Description

In Greek, the name Georgia means “farmer.”

Name

Ginger

Description

A spicy, time-tested choice for redheads.

Name

Goldie

Description

A good-as-gold name for blonde manes.

Name

Goliath

Description

For big breeds such as Clydesdales, which can reach 2,400 pounds once fully matured, the name Goliath might be fitting.

Name

Gringolet

Description

In Arthurian legend, Gringolet is the name of Sir Gawain's beloved horse.

Name

Hengroen

Description

Hengroen was the name of King Arthur’s stallion, according to Welsh folklore.

Name

Hippocampus

Description

A mythical creature appearing in the mythology of many cultures, the hippocampus has the upper body of a horse and the lower body of a fish. For everyday use, “Hippo” is short and sweet!

Name

Honey

Description

A buzz-worthy name for honey-hued mares.

Name

Isabella

Description

Isabella (or Isabelline) is a term used for very pale palomino horses.

Name

Isolde

Description

Meaning “fair lady” in Welsh, Isolde is another choice for palominos.

Name

Jane

Description

A shout-out to Calamity Jane, the American frontierswoman and sharpshooter.

Name

Jasper

Description

Meaning “treasurer” or “bringer of treasure,” this trendy name is appropriate for treasured pets.

Name

Jet

Description

Horses are known for running at high speeds—in fact, the world’s fastest horse was clocked at 55 miles per hour. So, a speedy name like Jet has equine potential.

Name

Jigsaw

Description

Horses with “paint” coats have unique swathes of color that almost look like puzzle pieces.

Name

Jorunn

Description

This Norwegian female horse name means “lover of horses.”

Name

Jument

Description

Jument is the word for a female horse in French.

Name

Kallippos

Description

An Ancient Greek name meaning “beautiful horse.”

Name

Kelpie

Description

A shape-shifting spirit in Scottish legends, Kelpies are said to haunt streams and rivers while in the form of horses.

Name

Kentucky

Description

The famous derby’s home state could be a fun namesake.

Name

Kohana

Description

In Sioux, the name Kohana means “swift.”

Name

Lady

Description

For the mare so ladylike, she deserves a title.

Name

Lancelot

Description

According to the legends, King Arthur’s confidant was a masterful jouster.

Name

Li’l Sebastian

Description

As “Parks and Recreation” fans know, Li’l Sebastian was Pawnee’s beloved miniature horse mascot.

Name

Lightning

Description

Because your horse is quick as lightning.

Name

Llamrei

Description

Llamrei was a mare owned by King Arthur.

Name

Lucky

Description

Perfect for lucky race winners and rescues alike.

Name

Luna

Description

Meaning “moon” in Latin, Luna is lovely for white horses.

Name

Macchiato

Description

The coffeehouse favorite is ideal for creamy brown coats.

Name

Majesty

Description

A name fit for a king or queen.

Name

Major

Description

This military name alludes to horses’ significant role in battles and wars throughout history.

Name

Marengo

Description

The name of Napoleon’s famous gray Arabian warhorse. Known for his steadiness and courage, Marengo regularly made 80-mile gallops.

Name

Marshall

Description

This Old Scottish surname means “love of horses.”

Name

Meadow

Description

This bucolic name has a farmland flavor.

Name

Merla

Description

Meaning “blackbird,” Merla is a pretty pick for dark-maned horses.

Name

Misty

Description

Misty is the name of the wild-born pony in the award-winning children’s book “Misty of Chincoteague.”

Name

Mocha

Description

We like this one “a latte” for brown horses.

Name

Montana

Description

The state’s Pryor Mountains are home to a herd of free-roaming Mustangs.

Name

Moose

Description

This silly interspecies name could be fun for large brown horses.

Name

Mister Ed

Description

In the 1960s TV show of the same name, Mister Ed is a talking horse played by Bamboo Harvester, an American Saddlebred/part Arabian horse.

Name

Napoleon

Description

The French military leader is frequently depicted on his warhorse, Marengo.

Name

Nelly

Description

Name your horse Nelly, and “Whoa, Nelly!” takes on a whole new meaning.

Name

Nevada

Description

The majority of wild horses in the United States call Nevada home.

Name

Nike

Description

The winged goddess is known for her speed.

Name

Nixie

Description

The Nixie is a shapeshifting water spirit from Germanic folklore that sometimes takes an equine form.

Name

Noir

Description

Noir means “black” in French, for black horses.

Name

Nokk

Description

In “Frozen II,” the Nokk is the horse-shaped water spirit that guards the Dark Sea and eventually befriends Elsa.

Name

Nuggle

Description

The Nuggle is a mythical water horse found in Shetland folklore. (And it comes with an adorable nickname: Nuggie!)

Name

Nutmeg

Description

For a spice-inspired name, try sprinkling on Nutmeg for golden-brown horses.

Name

Oakley

Description

An Old English name meaning “a meadow of oak trees,” Oakley is also a fun reference to Wild West sharpshooter Annie Oakley.

Name

Oatmeal

Description

Horses love to eat oats, and we love this breakfast-inspired name for them.

Name

Onyx

Description

The black gemstone is classic choice for black horses.

Name

Patches

Description

Perfect for pinto horses, whose coats are distinguished by large patches of white.

Name

Pegasus

Description

One of the most famous creatures from Greek mythology, Pegasus is a divine winged horse.

Name

Pepper

Description

Gray and black horses are natural Peppers.

Name

Peregrine

Description

A Latin name meaning “traveller” or “pilgrim,” Peregrine fits the adventurous spirit of horses.

Name

Phantom

Description

A slightly spooky name for white horses.

Name

Philip

Description

Of Greek origin, Philip means “friend of the horses.”

Name

Pie

Description

If your horse’s coat is piebald, meaning covered in irregular, black-and-white patches, Pie is a sweet name.

Name

Pippa

Description

Pippa is commonly short for Philippa, the female version of Philip, meaning “friend of the horses.”

Name

Pippi Longstocking

Description

The famous children’s book character has two pets, a horse and a monkey.

Name

Pirate

Description

If your horse has patch markings around their eyes, Pirate is a playful choice.

Name

Pollock

Description

Known for his abstract paintings, Jackson Pollock is an artsy namesake for horses with haphazard patching.

Name

Ponyboy

Description

Ponyboy Curtis is the teenage narrator of the coming-of-age novel “The Outsiders.”

Name

Poppy

Description

A fresh pick for red-hued mares.

Name

Prairie

Description

The pastoral name is well suited for horses.

Name

Prancer

Description

It’s not just for reindeer! “Prance” refers to a horse’s high-stepping gait.

Name

Ranger

Description

A classic equine name with Wild West swagger.

Name

Rapunzel

Description

This name of a fairy tale character famous for her long locks also suits horses with flowing manes.

Name

Rembrandt

Description

A painterly pick for “painted” pattern coats, Rembrandt frequently featured horses in his artwork.

Name

Rhiannon

Description

A Welsh goddess strongly associated with horses.

Name

Roan

Description

The Gaelic boy’s name also refers to a type of horse coat in which the main color is interspersed with hairs of another color.

Name

Rocket

Description

A soaring choice for fast four-legged friends.

Name

Rohan

Description

In “The Lord of the Rings,” Rohan is a kingdom of horsemen.

Name

Roosevelt

Description

Before becoming the 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt was the leader of the Rough Riders volunteer cavalry.

Name

Rosalind

Description

Of Old German origin, Rosalind means “gentle horse.”

Name

Rosamund

Description

Means “horse protector” in Old German.

Name

Rose

Description

Looking for a winning name for a special horse? Keep it simple with Rose. Every year, the winner of the Kentucky Derby is treated to a blanket made of the flowers.

Name

Roswell

Description

Another equine-inspired German name, Roswell means “mighty horse.”

Name

Roy

Description

A tribute to Western film legend Roy Rogers, known as the “King of the Cowboys.”

Name

Ruby

Description

A gem of a name for sorrels.

Name

Rusty

Description

The age-old nickname for redheads has a charming country ring to it.

Name

Ryder

Description

Increasingly popular for baby boys, Ryder is a strong name even better suited for horses.

Name

Saya

Description

This Japanese name means “swift arrow.”

Name

Scout

Description

In “The Lone Ranger” TV series, Tonto rode a horse named Scout.

Name

Sequoia

Description

The giant tree similar to a redwood makes a beautiful name for mares with reddish-brown coats.

Name

Shadowfax

Description

In “The Lord of the Rings,” Shadowfax is Gandalf’s horse who can run faster than the wind and understand human speech.

Name

Sierra

Description

Borrowed from the western mountain range, this pretty name has cowgirl charm.

Name

Silili

Description

A divine figure mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh, Silili is closely associated with horses.

Name

Silver

Description

The name of the Lone Ranger’s trusty horse.

Name

Smoky

Description

A time-tested name for black and gray pets.

Name

Snickers

Description

Did you know the popular candy bar was named after the Mars family’s favorite horse?

Name

Snowball

Description

Although more appropriate for white horses, Snowball was a black steed in Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Name

Spirit

Description

An otherworldly allusion to the mythological and mystical tradition of horses.

Name

Sterope

Description

One of Helios’ horses in Greek mythology.

Name

Stormy

Description

A nature-inspired name that’s particularly fitting for gray horses.

Name

Sundance

Description

Or Sunny, for short!

Name

Sven

Description

Sven is a reindeer in “Frozen,” but we think Kristoff’s loyal companion would be OK lending his name to a fellow carrot-loving creature.

Name

Tallulah

Description

A Native American name meaning “leaping water,” Tallulah is once again popular.

Name

Thelwell

Description

English cartoonist Norman Thelwell was known for his illustrations of ponies and horses.

Name

Thunder

Description

Horses are afraid of it, but nevertheless, Thunder is a strong name for a racehorse.

Name

Tornado

Description

Super smart and just as speedy, Tornado is Zorro’s horse in several films featuring the masked vigilante.

Name

Traveller

Description

During the American Civil War, Traveller was General Robert E. Lee's most famous horse.

Name

Trigger

Description

Trigger was Roy Rogers’ palomino. Famous in his own right, Trigger starred alongside Rogers in many Westerns.

Name

Trojan

Description

A reference to the hollow wooden horse used by the Greeks to infiltrate Troy.

Name

Troy

Description

If Trojan is a little too obvious, Troy is a more subtle nod to the ancient tale.

Name

Twilight

Description

A serene, understated choice for black horses.

Name

Unicorn

Description

Your horse might not technically be magical, but they are pretty special.

Name

Versailles

Description

Horses were essential to daily life, sport and culture at this French palace, which had two stables that each housed 300 animals.

Name

Victory

Description

A winning name, with casual nicknames for each gender: Vic and Vicky.

Name

Walnut

Description

This cute horse name works great for any horse, but especially for those with rich brown coats.

Name

Westeros

Description

A continent in “Game of Thrones,” Westeros is home to many horses (both alive and undead).

Name

Weston

Description

This trendy baby boy’s name winks to the Wild West.

Name

Wildfire

Description

In Native American mythology, Wildfire is the name of a ghost horse.

Name

Wings

Description

For horses so fast, they almost fly.

Name

Wyatt

Description

A legend of the Old West, Wyatt Earp was a law enforcement officer, horse racer, buffalo hunter, gunfighter, saloonkeeper and boxing referee.

Name

Wynonna

Description

A Native American name meaning “first-born daughter,” consider Wynonna for your first mare.


We hope you've found inspiration in this list of 200 horse names. Whatever you name your steed, we're wishing you a long and happy adventure in pet parenting!

Share:

Published:

By: Monica WeymouthUpdated:

New Pet