Acclaimed science fiction author Nancy Springer once wrote a short story about what happens to horses when they are given the perfect name. They become super-horses. Good male horse names will not guarantee to improve the abilities of an individual equine, but they help forge a personal relationship between horse and human. A horse with a name is no longer just a horse.
Male horse names tend to be given based on one or more of the following categories:
- name of horse’s color.
- name of human friend.
- name of very masculine-looking animals.
- name of famous horse from history or pop culture.
Remember that a horse’s registered name is often vastly different than his barn name, or everyday name. Each breed registry has its own rules about names that must be followed in order for a horse to be registered.
Male Horse Names of Native Origin
Horse owners are increasingly looking to the languages of where their breed originated for unusual names. Arabians have been given not only names from the Arabian language but from the country their immediate ancestors originated from. A Polish Arabian, for example, is much different from a straight Egyptian Arabian.
- Kalibis: This is a Turkish spelling of the Arabic word “qalib” which refers to the mold used to make numerous other products that look like the original mold.
- Shieka local leader
- Malik means “king.”
- Witez is Polish for “prince.” It’s also the name of Witez II, a very influential Polish Arabian sire captured by the Nazis, rescued by the Allies and sent to live in America.
In comparison, Appaloosa names reflect their Native American heritage. However, since many Native American languages are going extinct, finding good names can be hard. One popular alternative is to name a horse for a tribe such as Comanche which is from the Ute tribe meaning, “one who wants to fight me all of the time.” Current place names in America that use Native American Names are also popular such as Dakota which means “friend.” Names of famous Indians like Geronimo are also common.
Male Horse Names From Competitions
Racing and other horse sports provide a long list of popular names for colts, stallions and geldings. Keep in mind that giving the horse the name of a legendary equine athlete is optimistic at best and no guarantee that the horse will live up to his namesake. Popular names include:
- Eclipse: named after an unbeaten racehorse who had one of the most profound influences on the modern Thoroughbred
- Snowman: named after the famous American show jumper who was saved minutes from going to slaughter
- Big Red: the nicknames of two popular and influential American thoroughbreds, Man o’ War and Secretariat.
- Morgan: part of one of the names for Justin Morgan, the foundation sire of the Morgan breed. His other name was Figure.
- Steel Dust: name of one of the foundation sires of the American Quarter Horse.
- Leo: name of another foundation sire of the American Quarter Horse and excellent racer.
Male Horse Names From Literature and Legend
Horses from the large and small screens, myths and popular stories are a big source of popular names for stallions, geldings and colts. They include:
- Silver: The horse of The Lone Ranger
- The Black Stallion or Black: Star of a series of books by Walter Farley.
- Black Beauty: Name of incredibly successful novel of a horse by Anna Sewell.
- Fury: Name of a wild stallion in a popular children’s television series and numerous kids’ books.
- Thunder: Another television horse but a popular name for horses in kids’ books.
- Trigger: Palomino horse of screen cowboy Roy Rogers
- Rex: Another mount of a movie cowboy but also the name of many horses in novels and children’s books.
- Ed: Taken from Mr. Ed, the name of a talking horse in a beloved 1960’s comedy of the same name.
- Romeo: Name taken from Shakespeare’s legendary lover.
- Apollo: Name of a Greek god of the arts and the sun.
Summing Things Up
In conclusion, there are many ways to choose a good barn name for a new male horse. Check out words in the language of where the horse’s breed originated, or choose names based on historical horses, horses from the movies or legendary figures, whether human, equine or divine.
If the male horse names suggested above do not seem to fit your horse, take a photo of him and post it online. Ask for suggestions. You may be surprised at the suggestions. You can also contact a breed association for name suggestions. If you want to choose a name in a particular language, contact a professor of that language so that you not only choose the right name but also use it in the correct grammar of that language.
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