100+ Famous Horse Names: Ideas for Famed & Celebrated Horses

Last Updated: July 29, 2020

Horses are one of the truest and most noble companions that a person can have. The bonds that owners have with their horses are deep and indescribable. Steeds are smart, reliable, and bred for working, but they have great personalities too! Not only have they made a name for themselves by racing, but they also are pretty famous for their character roles in movies and television, time served while in the police force and military, and of course, in front of audiences as show horses. 

So when it comes time to find a name for your horse, you may want to choose from upstanding and honorable mentions. We have gathered the names of our favorites of the noblest steeds throughout time!

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Famous Female Horse Names

  • Promethea 
  • Xaar
  • Vo Rogue
  • Figure
  • Niatross
  • Tanya
  • Makybe Diva
  • Vain
  • Nijinsky
  • Babieca 
  • Queensway
  • Xtra Heat
  • Two Lea
  • Nasrullah
  • Varenne
  • Storm Cat
  • Tuscalee
  • Unbridled
  • Ta Wee

Famous Male Horse Names 

  • Rigged Lark 
  • Sampson 
  • Longfellow
  • Galileo
  • Thunder
  • Archer
  • Zaccio
  • Smarty Jones
  • Streiff
  • Zev
  • Cigar
  • Adios
  • King
  • Zippo
  • Popcorn Deelites
  • Marocco
  • Trigger 
  • Gun Rock 
Show Horse
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Famous Show Horse Names 

Show horses are famous for their eventing – this could include jumping, galloping, dressage, equestrian riding, as well as cattle events. A few of the following have even competed and placed in the Olympics! Here are our picks for famous show horse names!

  • Seldom Seen 
  • Totilas 
  • Touch of Class
  • Noble Fair 
  • Best Mate
  • Arkel
  • Hickstead
  • Big Ben 
  • Huaso 
  • Desert Orchid
  • Snowman
  • Secretariat
  • Midnight Sun 
  • Milton 
  • Frankel
  • Radium 

Famous Fictional Horse Names 

Below are the fictional characters that have graced our televisions and books. Known for their lead and supporting roles, their stories have captured our hearts.  Likely the most recognizable list for most, these are our favorite fictional horse and horse-like personalities!

  • Acorn (Choas Walking)
  • Black Stallion (The Black Stallion)
  • Frou Frou (Aristocats)
  • Athanor (A Winters Tale)
  • Noble Heart (Carebears)
  • Flicka (My Friend Flicka)
  • Khan (Mulan)
  • Angus (Brave)
  • Black Beauty (Black Beauty)
  • Pegasus (Hercules)
  • Shadowfax (Lord of the Rings)
  • Beau (True Grit)
  • Maximus (Tangled)
  • Chestnut (2 Broke Girls)
  • Major (Cinderella)
  • Sham (King of the Wind)
  • Bullseye (Toy Story)
  • Bree (The Horse and His Boy)
  • Phantom (Zorro)
  • Misty (Mist of Chincoteague)
  • Spirit (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)
  • Cinco (Dances with Wolves)
  • Joey (War Horse)
  • Artax (The Neverending Story)
Race Horses
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Famous Race Horse Names

Known for their lightning-fast speeds and sleek and lean appearances, racehorses are very familiar working horses. Horse racing is among one of the grandest steed sports. Spectators place their bets on horse, sometimes solely based on their names, and hope they finish the race first! Some of the most famous horses will be found on this list!

  • Eclipse 
  • Kincsem
  • Seabiscuit
  • Kelso
  • Phar Lap
  • Winx
  • Justify
  • Seatle Slew
  • Count Fleet
  • Frankel
  • Citation
  • Black Caviar
  • Man o’War
  • Red Rum
  • Dr. Fager
  • Affirmed
  • Native Dancer
  • American Pharoah
  • Spectacular Bid
  • Flying Fox
  • Secretariat
  • Zenyatta
Military Horses
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Famous Military Horse Names

Horses are an integral part of our militaries and police forces. Brave and mighty, they were the front runners in our battles and had a role in keeping our country and communities safe. We have all the gratitude for this next list of courageous stallions. 

  • Sergeant Reckless 
  • Palomo
  • Blueskin
  • Marengo
  • Red Hare
  • Cincinnati
  • Kasztanka
  • Comanche 
  • Traveler
  • Chetak
  • Bucephalus
  • Copenhagen
  • Sefton
  • Warrior

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Finding the Right Famous Name for Your Horse

Deciding on a name as priceless as your new horse might leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed, but we hope that our list of names inspired by famous steeds has given you something to consider. Whether you were moved by their speed and agility and chose racehorse name, or settled on a patriotic and brave option, inspired by our military horses, we are sure there are great suggestions for every type of horse!

If these are not quite right, check out one of our other horse name posts linked below:


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