Old Horse Names (871 Ideas For Your Wise Steed)

Finding the perfect name for your horse can be something of a conundrum. There are endless options, which one do you pick?

Sometimes it’s best to go with something from the old west. But, there are some interesting choices in old English and Irish too.

Hopefully, this list will spur on your verve and help you to find a good old horse name. You want it to be an exact and unique portrayal of the horse’s personality, preferences, coat colors, mannerisms, and markings.

Old Horse Names

Best Old Horse Names

The list of names are famous horses to basic nomenclature; some include ones people used to give to their horses from days long gone.

  1. Anthem
  2. Apache
  3. Arizona
  4. Arrow
  5. Artemis
  6. Bailey
  7. Bale
  8. Barrel
  9. Biscuit
  10. Blaze
  11. Boots
  12. Bourbon
  13. Brisket
  14. Bunny
  15. Cash
  16. Cherokee
  17. Colt
  18. Crown Royal
  19. Curly
  20. Dawn
  21. Dooby
  22. Dorito
  23. Double Indemnity
  24. Doulton
  25. Draft
  26. Drago
  27. Dragonfly
  28. Dryad
  29. Duchess
  30. Duck
  31. Dudley
  32. Dulcinea
  33. Dumplin’
  34. Duo
  35. Dutch
  36. Dynamite jack
  37. Easy Rider
  38. Easy Street
  39. Emerald
  40. Esteem
  41. Evening Mist
  42. Everlast
  43. Eye of the Storm
  44. Fidget
  45. Five Star
  46. Flamboyant
  47. Flaming Hearty
  48. Flash of Light
  49. Flint
  50. Fliss
  51. Flopsy
  52. Fly Me to the Moon
  53. Flyer
  54. Flying Trapeze
  55. Footsie
  56. Forever Bliss
  57. Foxtrot
  58. Foxy
  59. Freak
  60. Freckles
  61. Freedom
  62. Friday
  63. Frilly
  64. Frisky
  65. Frolic
  66. Frosted
  67. Fudge
  68. Fuerte
  69. Gabriel
  70. Gadget
  71. Galaxy
  72. Gemstone
  73. Genuine
  74. Giggles
  75. Gilly
  76. Glazer
  77. Graceland
  78. Grandstand
  79. Graphite
  80. Gravy Train
  81. Gray
  82. Grazer
  83. Greased Lightning
  84. Grits
  85. Gusto
  86. Gusty
  87. Hairy
  88. Haley’s Comet
  89. Half Pint
  90. Happy
  91. Hawk
  92. Heart
  93. Heaven’s Devil
  94. Hemlock
  95. Hero
  96. Hidden Treasure
  97. Highlight
  98. Hollywood
  99. Home Wrecker
  100. Hoofin It
  101. Hotshot
  102. Hurricane
  103. Hustler
  104. Justice
  105. Landon
  106. Legend
  107. Limerick
  108. Micah
  109. Morgan
  110. Outlaw
  111. Paisley
  112. Pirate
  113. Pony Express
  114. Rawhide
  115. Rebellion
  116. Rider (or Ryder)
  117. Roper
  118. Rummy
  119. Sir Jumpsalot
  120. Snake
  121. Spot
  122. Stormy
  123. Sundance
  124. Sunday
  125. Zeus

Old Male Horse Names

The monikers you see below are for any male horse. Whether it’s a black stallion, a chestnut gelding, or some other type, see if any of the names are suitable.

  1. Alfie
  2. Amos
  3. Angus
  4. Apollo
  5. Argo
  6. Atlas
  7. Atticus
  8. Bailey
  9. Bandit
  10. Banjo
  11. Benjamin
  12. Billy
  13. Billy Ray
  14. Black Beard
  15. Bobby
  16. Bogart
  17. Bramble
  18. Buck
  19. Buck
  20. Buddy
  21. Bullitt
  22. Butch
  23. Buzz
  24. Cameron
  25. Canal King
  26. Captain Canada
  27. Carter
  28. Carver
  29. Castle Rock
  30. Caviar
  31. Champion
  32. Charles
  33. Charlie
  34. Charming
  35. Chester
  36. Chesterfield
  37. Christopher
  38. Cisco
  39. Clancy
  40. Clifford
  41. Clyde
  42. Cody
  43. Colonel
  44. Cowboy
  45. Czar
  46. Damien
  47. Daniel
  48. Danny
  49. Darby
  50. Dexter
  51. Diego
  52. Doc
  53. Duke
  54. Dylan
  55. Ed
  56. Elijah
  57. Erwin
  58. Esquivo
  59. Garrett
  60. General
  61. George
  62. George
  63. Geronimo
  64. Grainger
  65. Gunner
  66. Gunslinger
  67. Hank
  68. Harry
  69. Harvey
  70. Henry
  71. Holden
  72. Hooper
  73. Huckleberry
  74. Humphrey
  75. Hunter
  76. Jack
  77. Jeb
  78. Jimmy
  79. Johnny
  80. Jonny
  81. Knight
  82. Lawrence
  83. Leo
  84. Lincoln
  85. Magnus
  86. Marshall
  87. Matthew
  88. Maximus
  89. Murphy
  90. Patch
  91. Peter Pan
  92. Pious
  93. Pompeii
  94. Ranger
  95. Rhett
  96. Rick
  97. Ringo
  98. Rocket
  99. Rodeo
  100. Rolo
  101. Russell
  102. Sergeant
  103. Scout
  104. Shooter
  105. Silvester
  106. Simeon
  107. Steel
  108. Strongbow
  109. Sunny Jim
  110. Tex
  111. Thor
  112. Tucker
  113. Tulsa
  114. Venom
  115. Vince
  116. Vincent
  117. Wade
  118. Wally
  119. Waylon
  120. Whiskey
  121. Wyatt
  122. Wyld
  123. Xavier
  124. Zinc

Old Female Horse Names

When you have a female horse that takes on characteristics of the old west, only a classic horse name will do. In the case your mare or filly displays a spirit of being an old soul, her name should be a mirror of that.

  1. Abbie
  2. Amara
  3. Amber
  4. Amethyst
  5. Angelina
  6. Anita
  7. Annabelle
  8. Annie
  9. Audrey
  10. Aurora
  11. Autumn
  12. Babs
  13. Beatrix
  14. Bell of the Ball
  15. Bella
  16. Bess
  17. Betsy
  18. Bianca
  19. Black Rose
  20. Blossom
  21. Blue Angel
  22. Bluebell
  23. Bree
  24. Briana
  25. Brooke
  26. Candy
  27. Carnation
  28. Cassandra
  29. Celeste
  30. Cera
  31. Cha Cha
  32. Charisma
  33. Charity
  34. Charlotte
  35. Chelsea
  36. Cheyenne
  37. Chiquita
  38. Chloe
  39. Cinderella
  40. Cindy
  41. Cinnamon
  42. Cleo
  43. Coco
  44. Constanza
  45. Cowgirl
  46. Cristabell
  47. Crystal
  48. Daisy
  49. Darcy
  50. Dava
  51. Dee Dee
  52. Delilah
  53. Delphine
  54. Desirae
  55. Diva
  56. Dixie
  57. Dora
  58. Echo
  59. Edelweiss
  60. Edna
  61. Elita
  62. Ellie
  63. Elvira
  64. Emily
  65. Emma
  66. Emmy
  67. Empress
  68. Erika
  69. Etta
  70. Evita
  71. Fair Maiden
  72. Faith
  73. Fancy
  74. Felicity
  75. Fiona
  76. Flower
  77. Gabriella
  78. Gallena
  79. Gayle
  80. Gazelle
  81. Geisha
  82. Genevieve
  83. Genie
  84. Georgia
  85. Gigi
  86. Gina
  87. Ginelle
  88. Glass Slipper
  89. Gracie
  90. Gypsy
  91. Gypsy Rose
  92. Jess
  93. Jolene
  94. Justice
  95. Kate
  96. Kitty
  97. Lady
  98. Lillianna
  99. Loretta
  100. Luna
  101. Maybelle
  102. Penny
  103. Rose
  104. Rose of Sharon
  105. Sadie
  106. Sally
  107. Starr

Old Western Horse Names

Quarter horses and race horses do very well with a name straight out of the old west. This could be actual famous people from the Gold Rush or fictional characters.

  1. Abacus
  2. Ace of Spades
  3. Aces High
  4. Acorn
  5. Airborne
  6. Alacazam
  7. Ally
  8. Amarillo Rose
  9. Amazing
  10. America
  11. Anchor
  12. Ancient
  13. Angel
  14. Annie Oakley
  15. Apache Kid
  16. Apple
  17. Arkansas Tom
  18. Babe
  19. Balderdash
  20. Bamboozle
  21. Bandero
  22. Baron
  23. Basil
  24. Bell
  25. Bella Baby
  26. Big Nose Kate
  27. Bill Doolin
  28. Billy the Kid
  29. Bitter Creek
  30. Black Bart
  31. Blaze Carson
  32. Bluegrass
  33. Bogie
  34. Bonnie
  35. Boomer
  36. Brave
  37. Breeze
  38. Broken Doll: 1910 Western
  39. Bronco
  40. Bruiser
  41. Buck Garrett
  42. Buck Taylor
  43. Bueno
  44. Bumbles
  45. Bumpkin
  46. Butch Cassidy
  47. Butterball
  48. Buttercup
  49. Butterfly
  50. Buttermilk
  51. Cactus
  52. Cadence
  53. Calamity Jane
  54. Calico
  55. Cameo
  56. Candlelight
  57. Cannon
  58. Caol
  59. Capricorn
  60. Carry Nation
  61. Casanova
  62. Caspian
  63. Cattle Kate Watson
  64. Caviar
  65. Celandine
  66. Champagne
  67. Chance
  68. Chaos
  69. Chap
  70. Cherish
  71. Cherokee Bill
  72. Cherokee Charlie
  73. Chess
  74. Chief
  75. Cisco Kid
  76. Classy Dancer
  77. Clever Trick
  78. Clover
  79. Clyde
  80. Cobweb
  81. Cochise
  82. Coconut
  83. Commander
  84. Copper
  85. Cosmo
  86. Cougar
  87. Crazy
  88. Creole
  89. Crossroad
  90. Cuervo
  91. Cupid
  92. Deadwood Dick
  93. Deuce
  94. Doc Holliday
  95. Dollar
  96. Dream
  97. Durango
  98. El Dorado
  99. Eureka
  100. Feller
  101. Flat Nose
  102. Gold Rush
  103. Goldie
  104. Gunslinger
  105. Howdy Doody
  106. Iron Eyes Cody
  107. Jesse James
  108. Jewel
  109. Kid Cassidy
  110. Lawless
  111. Lillie Langtry
  112. Little Beavers
  113. Maverick
  114. Mesquite
  115. Mischief
  116. Montana
  117. Odyssey
  118. Old Blue
  119. Old Thunder
  120. Outlaw Kid
  121. Pally
  122. Partner
  123. Pawnee Bill
  124. Pearl Heart
  125. Poco
  126. Ponca
  127. Raider
  128. Ranger
  129. Rawhide Kid
  130. Red Ryder
  131. Richard Bullock
  132. Ringo Kid
  133. Rodeo
  134. Sam Bass
  135. Samuel Colt
  136. Santa Fe
  137. Sawdust
  138. Scamp
  139. Scar
  140. Scuds
  141. Shanty
  142. Sheriff
  143. Shooter
  144. Shotgun
  145. Silver
  146. Silver Bullet
  147. Silver Cloud
  148. Skedaddle
  149. Sunfish
  150. Taco
  151. Tequila
  152. Tex Morgan
  153. Texas Kid
  154. The Apache Kid
  155. The Durango Kid
  156. The Squaw Kid
  157. The Tall Texan
  158. The Wyoming Kid
  159. Thunderhead
  160. Tonka
  161. Topper
  162. Trigger
  163. Tulsa Jack
  164. Tumbleweed
  165. Two-Gun Kid
  166. Western Kid
  167. Whoa
  168. Will Rogers
  169. Yeehaw
  170. Yukon

Cool Old West Horse Names

If you’re a real horse lover, you’ll appreciate the monikers detailed in this special list. Even if you don’t choose a horse name from here, they are the coolest of the cool and certain to put a smile on your face.

  1. Adios
  2. Aphrodite
  3. Archer
  4. Arion
  5. Athena
  6. Balius
  7. Bella Starr
  8. Binky
  9. Black Jack
  10. Blue Boy
  11. Blueskin
  12. Boxer
  13. Buckpasser
  14. Burmese
  15. Cadoc
  16. Captain
  17. Chica
  18. Cigarette
  19. Cloud
  20. Clover
  21. Curlin
  22. Czarina
  23. D’Angelo
  24. Dagobaz
  25. Damsel
  26. Daniel Boone
  27. Dante
  28. Daredevil
  29. Dawn Run
  30. Deadwood
  31. Deputy
  32. Desert Sand
  33. Destiny
  34. Devious
  35. Dewdrop
  36. Diablo
  37. Diabolo
  38. Dixie Land Delight
  39. Don Juan de Onate
  40. Doncaster
  41. Double Trouble
  42. Dover
  43. Dream Weaver
  44. Dreams of Silver
  45. Driftwood
  46. Dynamite
  47. Eclipse
  48. Enchantress
  49. Equinox
  50. Exterminator
  51. Firefoot
  52. Flame
  53. Frankel
  54. Freya
  55. Fru-Fru: featured in Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina’
  56. Fury
  57. Galiban
  58. Galileo
  59. Gemma
  60. Ginger
  61. Greatheart
  62. Gringolet
  63. Gunpowder
  64. Hwin
  65. Incitatus: horse of Emperor Caligula
  66. Joey
  67. Khartoum
  68. Lark
  69. Lightfoot
  70. Magua
  71. Maximus
  72. Merrylegs
  73. Mollie
  74. Moonlight
  75. My Little Pony
  76. Nara
  77. Nelson
  78. Oberon
  79. Palomino
  80. Peach Blossom
  81. Pepper
  82. Phillip
  83. Pied Piper
  84. Pilgrim
  85. Popcorn Delights
  86. Reckless
  87. Rival
  88. Sampson
  89. Secret
  90. Sham
  91. Silver
  92. Smiley
  93. Spirit
  94. Sundance Kid
  95. Sunfire
  96. Sylvester
  97. Tempest
  98. The Bronze Buckaroo
  99. The Lone Rider
  100. The Phantom
  101. Topthorn
  102. Trojan
  103. Trotsky
  104. Warrior
  105. Whirlwind

Old Fashioned Horse Names

If you’re one of those who love the traditional days of yesteryear, perhaps one of these names will fit your horse. But, allow the mane and tail of your equine pal to be a major influence.

  1. April
  2. Ara
  3. Ash
  4. Bard
  5. Barnaby
  6. Beau
  7. Beauty
  8. Beethoven
  9. Bell
  10. Bolt
  11. Bonnie
  12. Boots
  13. Buster
  14. Buttons
  15. Cash
  16. Challenger
  17. Champ
  18. Chief
  19. Chopin
  20. Churchill
  21. Clyde
  22. Cookie
  23. Cowgirl
  24. Da Vinci
  25. Dallas
  26. Dancer
  27. Dazzle
  28. Debutante
  29. December
  30. Dickinson
  31. Dolly
  32. Duchess
  33. Dusty
  34. Elaine
  35. Esther
  36. Evelyn
  37. Fancy
  38. Flame
  39. Flicka
  40. Flopsy
  41. Fortunate
  42. Genie
  43. Goliath
  44. Grace
  45. Gwendolyn
  46. Henrietta
  47. Hera
  48. Hetty
  49. Holly
  50. Honey
  51. Isabella
  52. Ivy
  53. Jackson
  54. Jasper
  55. Jet
  56. Jigsaw
  57. Juliet
  58. Lacey
  59. Little Joe
  60. London
  61. Lucky
  62. Lupin
  63. Lyla
  64. Major
  65. Mario
  66. Marquis
  67. Max
  68. Maya
  69. Mia
  70. Mika
  71. Millie
  72. Misty
  73. Mona
  74. Monty
  75. Moonshine
  76. Mozart
  77. Napoleon
  78. Nellie
  79. Nevaeh
  80. Newton
  81. Nina
  82. Oakley
  83. Olaf
  84. Peanut
  85. Pepper
  86. Pharaoh
  87. Pip
  88. Pirate
  89. Plum
  90. Popcorn
  91. Poppy
  92. Queen
  93. Rembrandt
  94. Rio
  95. Rocky
  96. Rowan
  97. Ruby
  98. Sapphire
  99. Sasha
  100. Scout
  101. Seashell
  102. Shelly
  103. Shimmer
  104. Sienna
  105. Sioux
  106. Snowball
  107. Sweet pea
  108. Tigger
  109. Tilly
  110. Traveler
  111. Trigger
  112. Universe
  113. Vanderbilt
  114. Versailles
  115. Victoria
  116. Victory
  117. Wildflower

Old English Horse Names

Horses with ancestry from the British Isles should have an old English name to indicate their spirit, energy, and attitude. Refer to an old English dictionary if you don’t like any of the ones here.

  1. Ábrecan: break or vanquish; take by storm
  2. Ágeolwan: to become yellow or to make glitter like gold
  3. Beowulf: warrior from the classic tale
  4. Biorn: warrior or soldier
  5. Blican: glitter or dazzle
  6. Blonca: white or gray horse
  7. Cempestre: female warrior
  8. Crypel: crippled horse
  9. Cylew: spotted or speckled
  10. Cyrtenes: elegance or beauty
  11. Dawn: morning
  12. Dinne: tempest
  13. Dústswearm: dust cloud
  14. Eoh: horse
  15. Fealu: yellow, dusky or gray
  16. Freca: warrior hero
  17. Gawain: knight at King Arthur’s Round Table
  18. Gebleod: beauty with variegated colors
  19. Gelew: yellow bay
  20. Genip: mist or obscurity; storm cloud
  21. Geolo: yellow
  22. Geoluread: yellow-red or orange
  23. Gesplottod: spotted
  24. Glæm: glamour
  25. Gunnian: horse’s neigh
  26. Gwenyfar or Gwenivere: King Arthur’s wife
  27. Hearding: brave man; hero or warrior
  28. Hengst: stallion or gelding
  29. Herewosa: one who is fierce in fighting
  30. Herewulf: warrior
  31. Hiwness: beauty or fairness
  32. Hnægan: neighs happily
  33. Hors: horse
  34. Hwisprian: whisper
  35. Igraine: King Arthur’s mother
  36. Llamrei: famous horse of King Arthur
  37. Mearh: mare or horse
  38. Morgaine: King Arthur’s sister
  39. Oferweder: storm tempest
  40. Ofost: haste
  41. Onrid: riding horse
  42. Rádhors: riding horse with a saddle
  43. Reod: red
  44. Rún: whisper
  45. Sceám: white horse  
  46. Sciéno: elfin beauty
  47. Scilfor: yellow golden glittering
  48. Scur: shower; as in rain, snow or hail
  49. Sigeróf: victorious
  50. Sir Lancelot: knight at King Arthur’s Round Table
  51. Snúd: swiftness
  52. Specfall: full of spots
  53. Spéd: speed in prosperity
  54. Spircan: sparkle
  55. Stéda: stud horse
  56. Storm: storm
  57. Stott: inferior horse
  58. Strácian: wild horse
  59. Styrman: stormy
  60. Swancor: slender and trim horse
  61. Týtan: sparkle shine
  62. Unweder: bad weather
  63. Uther Pendragon: King Arthur’s father
  64. Weder: weather
  65. Wederwolcen: cloud
  66. Windhreose: wind storm
  67. Windræs: wind storm
  68. Wóda: storm flood or danger

Old Irish Horse Names

Having a horse called by an Old Irish word could be great for a bay gelding that has a fairy-like, mysterious quality. Perhaps your horse has unusual markings, special horse click of the hooves, or projects a sort of other-worldliness.

Read an old Irish pronunciation guide to ensure you say the word right.

  1. Áilleacht: beauty
  2. Aingeal: angel
  3. Aoibhinn: glorious; beautiful 
  4. Báirseach: an intimidating woman referred to as a dragon
  5. Ballach: spotted
  6. Banríon Sí: fairy queen
  7. Bean Sí: banshee
  8. Beithíoch: horse
  9. Bogha Báistí: rainbow
  10. Breac: spotted  
  11. Breáthacht: beautiful landscape
  12. Bua: victory
  13. Buí: yellow
  14. Calma: brave
  15. Capall: horse
  16. Carbad: chariot
  17. Ceol Sí: fairy music
  18. Cladhartha: cowardly
  19. Cróga: brave
  20. Dearg: red
  21. Deatach: smoke
  22. Dílseacht: loyalty
  23. Donn: brown haired
  24. Dragan: dragon
  25. Draíocht: mysterious power
  26. Each: horse
  27. Fiaphoc: male deer
  28. Galánta: glorious; beautiful
  29. Gliondar: delight  
  30. Glórmhar: glorious; illustrious    
  31. Litir Ghrá: love letter
  32. Luas: speed
  33. Lúcháir: delight
  34. Maise: beauty
  35. Meata: coward
  36. Misniúil: brave
  37. Oirirc: glorious; illustrious
  38. Raicleach: an intimidating woman referred to as a dragon
  39. Réimse Fairsing: wide range of colors, rainbow-like
  40. Ríméad: delight
  41. Rua: red haired
  42. Scamall Báistí: rain cloud
  43. Scéimh: beauty  
  44. Scread Chráite: banshee wail
  45. Seansaighdiúir: warhorse
  46. Searrach: foal
  47. Sióg: fairy
  48. Smálaithe: spotted, as in stained
  49. Stoirm: storm
  50. Tintreach: lightning, electricity
  51. Toirneach: thunder
  52. Toit: smoke
  53. Tormáil: rumbling noise (female) 
  54. Tormán: rumbling noise (male)
  55. Tuar Ceatha: rainbow

Horse Name Inspiration

When hunting a name possessing an old-time quality, there are many sources to glean inspiration. If you’re an old west history buff, there’s a plentitude of resources you can read to refresh your knowledge. Or, in the case you adore old western movies, peruse IMDB to review some classic characters.

Also, if the old English or Irish names are too difficult to say, you could refer to the movie, “Lord of the Rings.” Not only will you get a little help with pronunciation, but you may find one of the characters a perfect match.

Help Choosing The Right Name

Allow the horse to become part of the process. Let its personality clue you in. As a tip, your black horse or dark brown horse doesn’t have to indicate the color directly. As an example, you could call your black stallion, “Gunpowder.” This signifies his color but also portrays a subtle element of an explosive and strong personality.

Conclusion

No matter what name you decide for your equine buddy, you want to ensure it responds to it well. So, select a few names you think suit the character of your horse. Say each one a few times and observe the horse’s reaction. If nothing seems to stick, keep trying until you find the perfect one.

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