Baby Names for the Year of the Horse

According to the Chinese Zodiac calendar, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.

If you have a baby on the way this year, it might be fun to go with a equine-inspired name. Whether you want the name of a famous horse (real or from a Disney movie!), a name with equine etymology, one with ancient mythology behind it, or a word that’s used to describe a horse (like Colt or Roan), here are 50 names to consider:

  • Names for Babies Born in the Year of the Horse

    Names for Babies Born in the Year of the Horse

    Click through to see them all. Which one is your favorite?

  • Agrippa

    Agrippa

    Means “wild horse”

  • Bronco

    Bronco

    Refers to an unbroken horse.

  • Colt

    Colt

    This popular name is also the name for a young horse

  • Colton

    Colton

    Or go with the longer version

  • Derby

    Derby

    This type of horse-race makes a fun name for boy or girl.

  • Alcippe

    Alcippe

    Means “mighty mare”

  • Arion

    Arion

    In Greek Mythology, Arion is an immortal horse

  • Bree

    Bree

    The only talking horse left in C.S. Lewis’ The Horse and His Boy

  • Buck

    Buck

    A great name, but not necessarily what you want to have happen when you’re riding a horse!

  • Captain

    Captain

    The horse in Disney’s 101 Dalmations

  • Colin

    Colin

    Colin was one of the best Thoroughbred racehorses in American history (and, I have to add, the name of one of my favorite British actors)

  • Dag

    Dag

    In Norse mythology, Dag is the son of Night who brings daylight as he rides his horse around the earth

  • Ebony

    Ebony

    Colors don’t often make great names, but “Ebony” is an exception!

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth the II is well-known for her love of horses

  • Elisabeth

    Elisabeth

    Or you can spell it with an “s” instead of a “z”

  • Lisabeth

    Lisabeth

    Drop the E and you have a more unique version of Elizabeth

  • Beth

    Beth

    The shortest variation of “Elizabeth”

  • Eowyn

    Eowyn

    This name, who is a beloved character from Lord of the Rings, means “horse joy”

  • Flicka

    Flicka

    Anyone who read a lot of horse books in their childhood is familiar with My Friend Flicka

  • Hunter

    Hunter

    What’s a hunter without his horse? (I always think of the hunting party in Mary Poppins).

  • Ira

    Ira

    Means “stallion” in Aramaic

  • Marshall

    Marshall

    This surname originally indicated someone who worked with horses (like a shoe smith)

  • Marsha

    Marsha

    Or go with this female version, which, like many old-fashioned names, is making a comeback.

  • Max

    Max

    Or shorten it to Max. This boy’s name is always a favorite!

  • Maximum

    Maximum

    This is the name of Flynn Rider’s very hilarious horse in Tangled

  • Nashua

    Nashua

    If you’re looking for something a bit unusual, this is the name of the famous horse that won the Kentucky Derby in the 1950s

  • Philip

    Philip

    Greek for “horse lover”

  • Phillip

    Phillip

    Or spell it with two “l”s

  • Felipe

    Felipe

    Another variation on “Philip”

  • Phillippa

    Phillippa

    A female variation of Philip

  • Pippa

    Pippa

    This spunky name is a shortened version of Phillippa

  • Major

    Major

    I love this name AND it’s the name of the horse in Cinderella.

  • Rhiannon

    Rhiannon

    The Welsh horse goddess (and one of my favorite girl names)

  • Rhianna

    Rhianna

    A variation on the more popular Rhiannon

  • Rhian

    Rhian

    This variation for Rhiannon could be for a boy or girl

  • Rosalind

    Rosalind

    Means “gentle horse”

  • Rose

    Rose

    A more classic shortened version of Rosalind

  • Rosie

    Rosie

    A more spunky version of Rose or Rosalind

  • Roan

    Roan

    Refers to the color pattern of a horse. This makes a great name for a boy or girl.

  • Rowan

    Rowan

    A Gaelic variation of Roan meaning “little red-head”

  • Roz

    Roz

    Another variation of Rosalind

  • Sahara

    Sahara

    Did you know Princess Jasmine had a horse? Sahara is her horse’s name.

  • Samson

    Samson

    Prince Philip’s horse in Sleeping Beauty

  • Sorrell

    Sorrell

    A horse with a copper-colored coat

  • Star

    Star

    This is a common name for horses with a blaze on their forehead (a light patch between their eyes), and it makes a beautiful girl’s name

  • Stoddard

    Stoddard

    Means “horse guard”

  • Terrell

    Terrell

    A great boy’s name, it refers to an uncooperative horse.

  • Tyrell

    Tyrell

    This is a more modern version of “Terrell”

  • Etain

    Etain

    Pronounced “AY-teen,” she is a horse goddess in Irish mythology

  • Sylvia

    Sylvia

    The horse in Disney’s show Wander Over Yonder

If you need more naming inspiration, try BabyZone’s awesome baby name finder!

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