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My granddaughter needs to choose a name for her first girl horse and is determined to nail down the perfect one. She wants a name that’s feminine and cute. So we worked together and came up with a strategy and found the best girl horse names.
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Choosing a great name for your mare or filly is a big undertaking. While it can be fun, it’s also essential to get it right and pick a name that fits your animal.
Best horse names for a girl horse.
Choosing a name for a girl horse.
Many people choose to name their horses based primarily on how it sounds. If it’s short and appeals to them, that’s all that matters. But others want to recognize the horse’s pedigree or name their horse on something personally significant to them.
Others want a name to have a nice meaning or be unique yet capture the horse’s demeanor or convey a vital trait. It’s a challenge to choose the perfect name for your filly — do you go for traditional names, human names, or lean towards the unique?
What about popular names? There is a reason people like them. Or do you want a rare name for your horse?
However you decide to approach naming your girl horse, our list of names will hopefully not only help you choose a name but make the search fun, and hopefully, you can begin to widdle down your options until you end up with the perfect name.
Naming tips for female horses.
Look at the pedigree.
For centuries, owners have named their horses after their sires or dams’ pedigree. For example, Dash for Cash, a superior racing quarter horse, his offsprings frequently have either dash or cash in their name, such as Dashingly and Queen for Cash.
You can also make a play on the names of the baby’s ancestors; here is one of my favorite examples, the great racehorse “American Pharoah” was the son of “Pioneer of the Nile” and “LittlePrincessEmma.”
And yes, I know Pharoah is misspelled, but that is the owners’ spelling when they registered their horse with the Jockey Club. You can come up with many unique names looking to a horse’s pedigree for inspiration.
Name the horse after someone or something special.
Naming a horse after a person or something extraordinary in your life is a way to recognize the important people and events in your life. Did you ever wonder how the owners of Zenyatta came up with her name?
Jerry Moss, a music producer, famously signed the Police to A&M records and produced their album Zenyatta Mondatta. He purchased a yet-to-be-named yearling and honored the band and their album by calling her Zenyatta.
Zenyatta went on to become one of the greatest racehorses of all time. She won her first 19 races before ending her career with a loss at the Breeders Cup Classic.
We had a filly born the same year we lost our grandmother, so we named her a nickname we called my grandmother. The name fits our filly perfectly, and she is a tribute to our grandmother’s memory.
Look to your girl horse’s personality for a cute name.
Horse names can be chosen by watching your new addition. A good example comes from another one of the greatest racehorses of all time, Ruffian.
Ruffian doesn’t invoke the picture of a dainty girl horse, and she wasn’t. Ruffian was a huge bay filly that would often bully her grooms. She did things the way she wanted to and when she wanted
Her aggressive personality led her owner to name her Ruffian. On the race track, she bullied her opponents and won ten straight races, each by a vast margin.
Then tragically, in her eleventh race, a match race against Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure, she was spooked by a bird, which startled Ruffian and caused her to take a bad step and break her leg.
Funny horse names.
Funny horse names are ok to use for registering your horse, but I don’t suggest you use one for everyday use. And if you decide to go with a funny name, make sure there is another meaning tied to it.
Be creative with the spelling.
Many horse owners use popular culture and unique spelling to come up with horse names. Here are a few examples: Junkinthetrunk, Turducken, Odor in the Court, Where’s the Beef, Whatamichoppedliver, and Seinfeld Nosupeforyou.
Best exalted names for your girl horse.
Exalted names are ones like Queenie, Princesses, or Goddesses. I know a few horses named Duke, but few Duchesses, which I think would make an excellent name for a filly.
Also, you can include Angel, Countess, and Khaleesi. I would even include Black Caviar as an exalted name. Black Caviar was a big dark bay Australian-born filly that was undefeated in 25 races.
She took on all comers, boys and girls, and even traveled to Europe to win the year’s prize race, the Diamond Jubilee. There are many exalted names we can include, and I wouldn’t shy away from using one.
Exalted names may burden a child, but for horses, it adds to their personality and mysticism. Here are some great words that capture a horse’s winning persona.
Best mystical horse name for fillies and mares.
Mythology horse names invoke tradition and strength. Obvious choices include Greek and Roman mythology figures, but great names can be found in other cultures, such as Celtic, Irish, Norse, Hindu, and other classic myths and legends.
You can find great names for horses in mythology, legends, and ancient tales of wonder and magic. Because myths abound in so many different cultures, you have a seemingly endless supply of names to choose from.
For example, let’s look at Maya; she is most often associated with Central American culture, so that it would be a fitting name for a Spanish horse. However, Maya was also the legendary Greek mother of Hermes by Zeus.
And in Sanskrit and Eastern Pantheism, Maya stands means “illusion” when translated to English. So it would be a suitable name for a dapple gray foal. To Romans, Maya represented the goddess of spring, so they named the month of May after her.
Best flower names for girl horses.
Nature provides a bounty of flowers, and with that comes many unique and fitting words we can use to name our horses. Here are some of my favorites:
Best girl horse names based on colors.
Colors can inspire a horse’s name, it may be the baby horse’s coat color, or it may be a color you love and is represented in the young foals’ personality. Regardless here is our list of favorites:
|Alani-Orange in Hawaiin dialect|
Alba-White in Latin, Ancient Roman
Apple-Bright yellowish Germanic
Ash-Grey, Old English
Azure-Blue Old French
Beryl-Pale green-Greek Latin
Carmine-Crimson Red-Arabic, French
Cherry-Bright Red-Latin, Greek
Clementine-Orange, French Latin
Cocoa-Chocolate brown, Nahuatl, Spanish, English
|Indigo-Deep violet-blue, Greek|
Ivy-A deep green with a hint of blue, Old English
Jade-Green or blue-green, Spanish
Kelly-Bright green, Irish
Lavender-Light purple, Latin
Lilac-Pale bluish-violet, Arabic, French
Mahogany-Dark reddish-brown, Spanish
Maize-Yellowish, Arawakan/Taíno, Spanish (Haiti)
Mauve-Pale blue-purple-pink, Latin, French
Nila-Dark blue, Sanskrit
Pearl-Off white or cream, Latin, French
Phoenix-Reddish-purple or dark red, Greek
Raven-Black bird, Germanic, Old English
|Coral-A pinkish-orange to reddish-orange hue, Latin|
Crystal-Ice, clear glass, Greek Latin
Dove-Warm gray or soft white with a hint of gray, English
Ebony-Black, Greek, English
Fern-Green, German, Old English
Fiona-White or fair, Gaelic
Fuchsia-Bright, deep pink, Latin
Garnet-Dark red, English
Gray-A color between black and white, Old English
Hazel-Brown to Green, Germanic
Heather-Muted shades of gray with flecks of other colors English
|Raven-Black bird, Germanic, Old English|
Rose-Dark pink, Latin
Sapphire-Deep blue, Greek
Sherry-Red, English, French
Sky-Blue, Old Norse, English
Tawny-Light brown or tan, Old French
Topaz-Golden yellow, Greek
Willow-Soft pale green with blue, gray, or yellow Old English
Wisteria-Soft purple, English
Often you can get too much information and input from people; ultimately, the decision for your horse’s name is yours and yours alone, so make a choice; you’ve done the research.
Below is a YouTube video that provides some ideas for horse names.
What are the top 10 horse names?
The top ten horse names include Dakota (one of our favorites), Cash (very suave!), Daisy (“Daisy May?”), Spirit (kid’s favorite horse), Star (a shining beacon in the night sky), Duke (Tough!) Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Buddy (#buddy #bestfriendever), Tucker (fun but rugged name), Lady (Classic Disney name from Lady and the Tramp).
What are some unique horse names?
Here are some imaginative and unique horse names: Pickle, Valkyrie, Momma, Chili, Klaus, Phantom, Bam bam, Stuart, Rowan, and Porkchop. If you’re looking for creativity in a name, then these should be the perfect fit! To check out some unique racehorse names, check out this article: Why are Racehorse Names so Weird? 15 Funny Examples!