Famous Horse Names From Movies (445 Ideas)

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When it comes to naming animals, not everyone has to think of something clever or cute for a horse. But for those that do, it’s not as easy as you may think.

If you’re stuck on a name, check out our lists of famous horse names from movies below.

Famous Horse Names From Movies

200 Horse Names From Famous Movies, TV, Etc

There are a ton of amazing horse names to be found in movies, and in fiction in general. This list of names includes some of the most memorable across all forms of fiction, including movies, TV, books, and more.

  1. Thebes (The Ten Commandments)
  2. Pips (The Wheel of Time)
  3. Lucky (Running Free)
  4. Moonlight (Song of the Lioness)
  5. Billy Boy (Bamse)
  6. Oliver Hardy (Flying Deuces)
  7. Troy (The Timbertoes)
  8. Artax (The NeverEnding Story)
  9. Concorde (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
  10. Rival (Saddle a Thunderbolt)
  11. Joe D. (The Virginian)
  12. Starlight (Rainbow Brite)
  13. Rosanna (Silver Spoon)
  14. Buck (Bonanza)
  15. Phillipe (The Beauty and the Beast)
  16. Old Red (Old Red)
  17. Sabure (Tari Tari)
  18. Crazy Alice (Cowboys)
  19. Arod (Lord of the Rings)
  20. Sonny (My Outlaw Brother)
  21. Ginger (Black Beauty)
  22. Dice (Duel In The Sun)
  23. Sophie (M.A.S.H.)
  24. Lightning (Western Heritage)
  25. Duke (Ride Him Cowboy)
  26. Conquistador (The Littlest Outlaw)
  27. Taff/Bo (Ride a Wild Pony)
  28. Sunfish (Bucking Broncho)
  29. Blue Boy (Wrong Again)
  30. Roach (The Witcher)
  31. Cochise (El Dorado)
  32. Spirit (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)
  33. White Cloud (Caravan Trail)
  34. Pepper (Two Bits and Pepper)
  35. Tug (Ranger’s Apprentice)
  36. Bad Jim (Bad Jim)
  37. Dover (My Fair Lady)
  38. Ruby (Jerry Spring)
  39. Oberon (The Mystery of Pony Hollow)
  40. Diablo (Cisco Kid)
  41. Bad Horse (Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)
  42. Old Speed (Goin’ South)
  43. Altivo (The Road to El Dorado)
  44. Pal (Law Of The Ranger)
  45. Stormy (Stormy, Misty’s Foal)
  46. Stormy (Great Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok)
  47. Bamboo Harvester (Mister Ed)
  48. Major (Cinderella)
  49. Victor (The Lone Ranger)
  50. Hero (The Phantom)
  51. Jolly Jumper (Lucky Luke)
  52. Altair (Ben-Hur)
  53. Sylvester (Sylvester)
  54. Samson (Sleeping Beauty)
  55. Silver Bullet (Shadows Of The West)
  56. Pokey (The Gumby Show)
  57. Superstar (The Wild Wild West)
  58. Denny (The Man From Snowy River)
  59. Cactus (Sheriff Of Cimarron)
  60. Rocinante (Don Quixote)
  61. Tempest (Princess Sissi)
  62. Trigger
  63. Greatheart (Beauty)
  64. Pilgram (The Horse Whisperer)
  65. Chestnut (2 Broke Girls)
  66. Zip Cochise (El Dorado)
  67. Chico (Land Of Wanted Men)
  68. Persephone (House of Night)
  69. Old Dollar (The Shootist)
  70. Princess (The Simpsons)
  71. Nara (The Dark Horse)
  72. Dollor (True Grit, 1969)
  73. Topthorn (War Horse)
  74. Clover (Animal Farm)
  75. Gypsy (Gypsy Colt)
  76. Taco (Riders Of The Range)
  77. Buster (Bronco Billy)
  78. Ollie (Maverick)
  79. Checkers (Moondance Alexander)
  80. Joey (War Horse)
  81. Pilgrim (The Horse Whisperer)
  82. Bear (Dr Quinn, medicine Woman)
  83. Thunderhead (Thunderhead, King Of The Herd)
  84. Banner (My Friend Flicka)
  85. Two Bits (Two Bits and Pepper)
  86. Big John (For Richer or Poorer)
  87. Dollar (The Shootist)
  88. Aldebaran (Ben-Hur)
  89. Sunny (Aces Wild)
  90. Comet (Supergirl)
  91. Fury (Fury)
  92. Sweetheart (Stagecoach)
  93. Amigo (Walker, Texas Ranger)
  94. Old Thunder (The Big Country)
  95. Domino (The Texan)
  96. Seabiscuit (Seabiscuit)
  97. Cadoc (Eragon)
  98. Wildfire (Wildfire)
  99. Captain (101 dalmatians)
  100. Gulliver (The Horse Whisperer)
  101. Phillip (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe)
  102. Dynamite (Zorro)
  103. Goliath (Ladyhawke)
  104. Cisco (Dances with Wolves)
  105. Rusty (Dynamite Canyon)
  106. Sugar (These Thousand Hills)
  107. Bess (Farmer Boy)
  108. Sport (Bonanza)
  109. Mister Ed (Mister Ed)
  110. Spartan (Heartland)
  111. Tumbleweed (Tumbleweed)
  112. Hidalgo (Hidalgo)
  113. Skydancer (Rainbow Brite)
  114. Sunshine (Western Trails)
  115. Monarch (Jodie’s Journey)
  116. Blessing (The Secret Horse)
  117. Stardust (Ashleigh’s Hope)
  118. Nurah (The Ten Commandments)
  119. Champion the Wonder Horse (Champion the Wonder Horse)
  120. Chub (Bonanza)
  121. Hercules (Steptoe and Son)
  122. Flicka (Flicka)
  123. Phantom (Trigger Junior)
  124. Frou-Frou (Aristocats)
  125. Chet (The Littlest Pet Shop)
  126. Slow Dancer (Steel Ball Run)
  127. Lucy (Non Sequitur)
  128. Beau (True Grit)
  129. Don (Hot to Trot)
  130. Goldie (Concentratin’ Kid)
  131. Angus (Brave)
  132. Pie-Oh-My (The Sopranos)
  133. Sprout (The Parent Trap)
  134. Rain (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)
  135. Miyako (Silver Spoon)
  136. Little Champ (Beyond The Purple Hills)
  137. Silver
  138. Lark (The Berserker’s Horse)
  139. Condor (Green Rider)
  140. Napoleon (The Black Stallion)
  141. Nightmare (Casper the Friendly Ghost)
  142. Bullseye (Toy Story)
  143. Achilles (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  144. Maximus (Tangled)
  145. Peachblossom )Protector of the Small)
  146. Copper (Eddie Dean)
  147. Smith (Ultima)
  148. Merrylegs (Black Beauty)
  149. Khartoum (The Godfather)
  150. Sheik (Panamint’s Bad Man)
  151. Senator (Ranchers And Rascals)
  152. Gunpowder (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow)
  153. Zane (Billy The Kid In Texas)
  154. Smokey (Moonlight On The Prairie)
  155. Cass Ole (Black Stallion)
  156. Fritz
  157. Antares (Ben-Hur)
  158. Little Blackie (True Grit)
  159. April Love (April Love)
  160. White Feller (The Lone Ranger)
  161. Beric (Knights of the Round Table)
  162. Argo (Xena: Warrior Princess)
  163. Don (Hot to Trot)
  164. Secretariat (Secretariat)
  165. Whirlwind (Shadow Horse)
  166. Pardner (Battling Buddy)
  167. Yato (Legend of Basara)
  168. Duchess (Black Beauty)
  169. Li’l Sebastian (Parks and Recreation)
  170. Porkpie (Percy Jackson)
  171. Stewball (Stewball)
  172. Pie (National Velvet)
  173. Sunfire (Ravenheart)
  174. Tex (The Legend Of The Lone Ranger)
  175. Alsan (The Red River)
  176. Apache (Devil Horse)
  177. Rigel (Ben-Hur)
  178. Shadowfax (Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring)
  179. Sonador (Dreamer)
  180. Katy (The Young Riders)
  181. Ringo (Wanted Dead or Alive)
  182. Abelard (Ranger’s Apprentice)
  183. Tornado (Zorro)
  184. Tolo (The Long Shot)
  185. Double Eight (Silver Spoon)
  186. Trotsky (Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle)
  187. Florian (Florian: The Emperor’s Stallion)
  188. Thowra (The Silver Brumby)
  189. Acorn (Chaos Walking)
  190. Cocoa (The Big Valley)
  191. Frou-Frou (The Arisocats)
  192. Black Beauty (Black Beauty)
  193. Bucephalus (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Alexander)
  194. Red Hare (Romance of the Three Kingdoms)
  195. Flash (Flash)
  196. Boxer (Animal Farm)
  197. Khan (Mulan)
  198. Mollie (Animal Farm)
  199. Pylon (The Dark Tower)
  200. Bandit (Caitlin’s Way)

50 Horse Names from Western Movies

When most people think of horses, western movies and cowboys aren’t too far from their minds. These are some of the most popular horse names to be found in traditional Western genre movies.

  1. Comanche (Tom Mix)
  2. Raider (Charles Starrett)
  3. Red Fox (Jesse James)
  4. Sonny (Wild Bill Elliott)
  5. Mesquite (Allan Rocky Lane)
  6. Traveler (Robert Fulle)
  7. Buttermilk (Dale Evans)
  8. Smoky (Lee Marvin)
  9. Buster (Clint Eastwood)
  10. Pete (Gary Cooper)
  11. Sunny (Harry Carey)
  12. Sunshine(Bill Patton)
  13. Phantom (Roy Rogers)
  14. Goldie (Hoot Gibson)
  15. Apache (Tom Mix)
  16. Knight (Rod Cameron)
  17. Tornado (Zorro)
  18. Banner (John Wayne)
  19. Tonka (Sal Mineo)
  20. Sweetheart (Stagecoach)
  21. Smokey (Dick Foran)
  22. Zane(Bob Steele)
  23. Tony (Tom Mix)
  24. Gipsy (Martin Kiss)
  25. Senator (Leo Maloney)
  26. Tony Junior (Tom Mix)
  27. Henry (John Wayne)
  28. Candy (David Carradine)
  29. Cactus (Sunset Carson)
  30. Sunfish (Lee Martin)
  31. Sugar (Don Murray)
  32. Target (Annie Oakley)
  33. Ollie (Maverick)
  34. White Feller (Tonto)
  35. Bingo (Don Durant)
  36. Duke (John Wayne)
  37. Paint (The Lone Ranger)
  38. Stormy (Wild Bill Elliott)
  39. Thunderbolt (Johnny West)
  40. Pardner (Buddy Roosevelt)
  41. Old Speed (Jack Nicholson)
  42. Goodeye (Nat Love)
  43. Little Champ (Gene Autry)
  44. Loco (Pancho)
  45. Dice (Gregory Peck)
  46. Topper (Hopalong Cassidy)
  47. Pal (Bob Allen)
  48. Tumbleweed (Audie Murphy)
  49. Whiskey (Kirk Douglas)
  50. El Loaner (James Garner)

50 War Horse Names

Inspired by the “War Horse” movie? Do you want to name your equine friend a name fit for battle, a name that was carried by horses in wars around the world? Well, now you can! All of the names below belonged to real war horses.

  1. Sergeant Reckless
  2. Yorkshire
  3. Virginia
  4. Warren
  5. Comanche
  6. Traveller
  7. Tobey
  8. Cincinnati
  9. Tom Telegraph
  10. Tammany
  11. Copenhagen
  12. Shiloh
  13. Slicky
  14. Skylark
  15. Palomo
  16. Rondy
  17. Sam
  18. Roderick
  19. Marengo
  20. Rienzi
  21. Winchester
  22. Rifle
  23. Roanoke
  24. Kasztanka
  25. Red Eye
  26. Richmond
  27. Red Pepper
  28. Chetak
  29. Plug Ugly
  30. Rambler
  31. Prince
  32. Pocahontas
  33. Pretty
  34. Bucephalus
  35. Old Jim
  36. Old Spot
  37. Nellie Gray
  38. Tencendur
  39. Old Isham
  40. Old Bob
  41. Baldy
  42. Milroy
  43. Moscow
  44. Altivo
  45. Epona
  46. Joey
  47. Klinger
  48. Methuselah
  49. Lookout
  50. Lucy Long
  51. Nelson
  52. King Phillip
  53. Lancer
  54. Little Sorel
  55. Jinny
  56. Kentuck
  57. Jeff Davis
  58. Jennie
  59. Kangaroo
  60. Lightning
  61. Highfly
  62. Jack
  63. Jasper
  64. Hero
  65. Grey Eagle
  66. Handsome Joe
  67. Harry
  68. Gertie
  69. Grape
  70. Fleetfoot
  71. Fox
  72. Fire-Eater
  73. Firefly
  74. Duke
  75. Egypt
  76. Don Juan
  77. Fleeter
  78. Fancy
  79. Dolly Dixie
  80. Charlemagne
  81. Butler
  82. Black Burns
  83. Cornwall
  84. Blackjack
  85. Bayard

25 Famous Names For White Horses

Have a pure white horse that needs a name? There are many famous white horses in history that wouldn’t mind if you borrowed their moniker.

  1. Shadowfax (Gandalf’s Horse in Lord of the Rings)
  2. Morengo (Napoleon’s War Horse)
  3. Phantom (The Horse of Zorro)
  4. Desert Orchid (Fifth Best National Hunt Horse of All Time)
  5. Falcon (Horse of actor Buster Crabbe)
  6. Milton (John Whitaker’s Showjumping Horse)
  7. Billy (1923 FA Caup Final)
  8. Pegasus (Legendary White Winged Horse From Greek Mythology)
  9. Palomo (Simón Bolívar’s horse)
  10. Raider (Horse of Durango Kid)
  11. White Flash (Horse ridden by Tex Ritter)
  12. Topper (Hopalong Cassidy’s Horse)
  13. Silver (Lone Ranger’s Horse)
  14. Yukichan (Kanto Oaks Winner)
  15. Mister Ed (Mister Ed)
  16. Samson (Sleeping Beauty)
  17. Achilles (Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  18. Secret (My Secret Unicorn)
  19. Astor (Snow White)
  20. Captain (101 Dalmatians)
  21. Maximus (Rapunzel)
  22. Artax (The Neverending Story)
  23. Major (Cinderella)
  24. Buttercup (Toy Story 3)
  25. Yukichan (Japanese Racehorse)

20 Famous Names for Brown Horses

Some people may think brown horses aren’t as majestic as other colors, but a daring and dashing name from the Kentucky Derby or a beloved TV show makes all the difference.

  1. Trigger (Roy Rodger’s Horse)
  2. Spirit (Spirit: Spirit of the Cimarron)
  3. Cisco (Dances With Wolves)
  4. Buttermilk (Dale Evans Rogers’ Horse)
  5. Champion (The Adventures of Champion)
  6. Comet (The Adventures of Brisco Country Jr.)
  7. Denny (The Man From the Snowy River)
  8. Copenhagen (The Duke of Wellington’s Warhorse)
  9. Kasztana (WWI Polish Warhorse)
  10. Frankel (Racehorse)
  11. Kingston (Racehorse)
  12. Big Ben (Racehorse)
  13. Arkle (Racehorse)
  14. Kelso (Racehorse)
  15. Aristides (Racehorse)
  16. Secretariat (Racehorse)
  17. Seabiscuit (Racehorse)
  18. Valegro (Racehorse)
  19. Smarty Jones (Racehorse)
  20. Kincsem (Racehorse)

50 Famous Names for Black Horses

The opposite of the snowy white horse, black horses are majestic and enthralling in their own right, and they deserve equally impressive names!

  1. Rival
  2. Moonlight
  3. Guido
  4. Boomerang
  5. Ruffian
  6. BlackJack
  7. Black Gold
  8. Bucephalus
  9. Black Hawk
  10. Tornado
  11. The Black
  12. Pylon
  13. Pips
  14. Rocinante
  15. Felix
  16. Flicka
  17. Misty
  18. Skydancer
  19. Eclipse
  20. Black Stallion
  21. Night Nurse
  22. Bree
  23. Nara
  24. Sham
  25. Arkel
  26. Black Beauty
  27. Nana
  28. Burmese
  29. Joey
  30. Rocket
  31. Goliath
  32. Pirata
  33. Thunderhead
  34. Blessing
  35. Black Bess
  36. Flame
  37. Gunpowder
  38. Sefton
  39. Warrior
  40. Top Moon
  41. Pie
  42. Columbus
  43. Black Widow
  44. Smoky
  45. Lark
  46. Byerley Turk
  47. Sceptre
  48. Monarch
  49. Merrylega
  50. Blaze

50 Excellent Black and White Horse Names

Not all horses come in one color: some come in two, and such varied and diverse horses deserve names that represent how unique and special they are.

  1. Domino
  2. Inkspot
  3. Chaplain
  4. Tapir
  5. Cookie
  6. Newspaper
  7. Perdita
  8. Panda
  9. Pongo
  10. Inky
  11. Lemur
  12. Tiger
  13. Magpie
  14. Magician
  15. Shamu
  16. Patches
  17. Valais
  18. Snoopy
  19. DeVille
  20. Maverick
  21. ZigZag
  22. Marble
  23. Freckles
  24. Junior Mint
  25. Storm Cloud
  26. Cookies n’Cream
  27. Ace of Spades
  28. Oreo
  29. Smudge
  30. Latte
  31. Hot Chocolate
  32. Holstein
  33. Socks
  34. Pirate
  35. Salt N Pepper
  36. Mittens
  37. Milk and Cookies
  38. Penguin
  39. Chocolate Chip
  40. Moo
  41. Chocolate Milk
  42. Orca
  43. Inkblot
  44. Zebra
  45. Libro
  46. Mickey
  47. Magic
  48. Dotty
  49. Zorro
  50. Tuxedo

Horse Name Inspiration

Not sure what exactly to name your horse, even with a list like this one providing so many options? Or, do you want to make up your own name? All you need is some inspiration. Many names are based on an idea or a representation.

Does your all-white horse remind you of milk? You could just name them that. Is an all-black horse reminding you of a midnight sky? Then midnight is a fairly good name. Inspiration for many horse names usually comes down to a symbol or idea that a horse owner is reminded of.

Help Choosing The Right Name

If you do like some of the names you have available but don’t know which is the right one to choose consider the following important things:

  • Whatever you like is valid, there is no criteria for a name you have to meet
  • The name needs to be easy to say since you’ll be saying it aloud often
  • If the horse is going to be like a new family member, maybe the whole family should have a say!


Ultimately, naming a horse is the same as naming any other animal you own. The name, most importantly, has to be something you like, and as far as picking a name goes, basing it off physical appearance or behavior is the most common naming scheme for horses.

If you have trouble thinking of a unique name or don’t know which to choose from a list, ask for the opinions of others, especially if other people are going to be interacting with the horse a lot! If all else fails, you could just name it after your favorite steed in fiction.

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