Horse/Equine Names

Abrax

Shining one Name of one of the steeds of Aurora. The other is Phaeton.

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Actaeon

Greek myth name of a hunter who was torn to pieces by his own dogs, meaning "effulgence." he was then transformed into a deer, thus himself becoming the hunted.

Aethon

Greek myth name of one of the horses of the sun god Helios, meaning fiery red

Agrafena

Russian form of Latin Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."

Agripena

Variant of Latin Agrippina, meaning wild horse

Agripin

Russian masculine form of Latin Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."

Agripina

Variant of Latin Agrippina, meaning wild horse

Agrippa

Latin biblical name of the Herod Agrippa of the New Testament who ordered the execution of the apostle James, and the imprisonment of Peter. The name is used as a feminine name in Russia, it is therefore a unisex name, meaning "wild horse."

Agrippina

Feminine form of Latin unisex Agrippa, meaning wild horse

Agrippine

Variant of Latin Agrippina, meaning wild horse

Ahearn

Variant of Irish Ahern, meaning lord of horses

Aherin

Variant of Irish Ahern, meaning lord of horses

Ahern

Lord of horses Irish surname transferred to forename use, itself from the Gaelic surname Ó hEachthighearna descendant of Eachthighearna

Aherne

Variant of Irish Ahern, meaning lord of horses

Alborak

See Borak.

Alcippe

Latin form of Greek Alkippe, meaning mighty mare In Greek mythology, this was the name of a daughter of Ares.

Alkippe

Original Greek form of Latin Alcippe, meaning "mighty mare."

Amethea

Greek myth name of one of the horses of the sun god Helios, meaning no loiterer

Archippos

"Master of horses." Greek name, derived from the elements archos "master" and hippos "horse."

Arion

Martial; war-horse Greek myth name of the horse Hercules gave to Adrastos. This was a horse of Neptune which he brought out of the earth by striking it with his trident. Its right feet were those of a human. It spoke with a human voice and ran with incredible speed.

Arkhip

Russian form of Greek Archippos, meaning "master of horses."

Arundel

This is the name of the horse of Bevis of Southampton, meaning swift as a swallow Hirondelle is the French form of the name, meaning a swallow

Atalanta

Equal in weight Latin form of Greek Atalante, myth name of the fleet-footed maiden who refused to marry any man who could not beat her in a foot-race.

Atalante

Greek myth name of the fleet-footed maiden who refused to marry any man who could not beat her in a foot-race.

babieca

A simpleton; stupid This was the name of the white Andalusian steed belonging to El Cid. According to legend, Babieca was frail and wild and when El Cid chose her, his godfather exclaimed Babieca! and so this became his name. Babieca, however, was not stupid; he became a great and famous warhorse and El Cid loved him so much he requested that Babieca be buried with him in the monastery of San Pedro de Cardena; unfortunately, his wish was not granted. Instead he was buried before the gate of the monastery and two elms were planted to mark the site.

Balius and xanthus

Dappled and Blonde Some sources say their names mean Swift and Chestnut In Greek mythology, these were the names of the two immortal horses belonging to Achilles. They were the offspring of the harpy Podarge (swift-foot) and the west wind Zephyros. Variants: Balios and Xanthos.

Bayard

As a derivative of Middle English and Old French baie, the name means reddish brown or bright bay color If a derivative of baiard, it may have been a byname for someone foolhardy In medieval romances, this was the name of a magic horse from the legends of the chansons de geste (Songs of Heroic Deeds) which was given to Renaud by Charlemagne. It belonged to the four sons of Aymon, and had the ability to grow larger or smaller as one or more of the four sons mounted it. According to tradition, one of its foot-prints may still be seen in the forest of Soignes, and another on a rock near Dinant. Variants: Baiardo, Bayardo.

Black agnes

The palfrey of Mary Queen of Scots, given to her by her brother Moray, and named after Agnes of Dunbar, a countess. Agnes is the English form of Greek Hagne, meaning chaste; holy

Bronzomarle

A mettlesome sorrel Name of the horse of Sir Launcelot Greaves.

Celer

Swift Name of the horse of the Roman Emperor Verus. It was fed on almonds and raisins, covered with royal purple, and stalled in the imperial palace.

Centaur

In Greek mythology, this was the name of a type of creature part human and part horse. They were depicted as being wild, lawless and inhospitable, having truly animalistic passions. However, two centaurs, Pholus ("of the cave or den") and Chiron ("surgeon"), are said to have been good-natured centaurs.

Cerus

Fit Name of the horse belonging to Adrastos that was swifter than the wind.

Dinos

The marvel Name of one of the Mares of Diomed.

Doomstead

Scandinavian name of the horse of the Norns.

Eachann

Brown horse Scottish name composed of the Gaelic elements each horse and donn brown

Eachthighearna

Lord of horses Gaelic name composed of the elements each horse, and tighearna lord, master

Eoos

Day-break Myth name of one of the horses of the Sun.

Eowyn

A Tolkien invention created from Old English, meaning horse-friend

Epona

Derives from epos, meaning "horse," and epa, meaning "mare." This is the Celtic myth name of the goddess of horses and fertility.

Erythreos

Red-producer Myth name of a horse of the Sun.

Ethiops

Myth name of one of the horses of the Sun, meaning flashing

Grusha

Pet form of Russian Agrafena, meaning "wild horse."

Gulltopp

Golden mane Norse myth name of the horse of Heimdall. Variant: Gulltoppr.

Haizum

Name of the horse God gave to the archangel Gabriel. It was winged like Pegasus and could fly from one cosmic plane to another in a second.

Harpagos

One that carries off rapidly Greek myth name of one of the horses of the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux.

Hengist

Stallion Brother of Horsa (Horse). A semi-legendary ruler of Kent who, according to some Arthurian legends, was killed by Uther Pendragon.

Hexmark

This was the name of a steed belonging to Liu Bei, a powerful warlord and emperor of the Kingdom of Shu in ancient China.

Hipolit

Polish form of Greek Hippolytos, meaning "horse-freer."

Hipolito

Portuguese and Spanish form of Greek Hippolytos, meaning "horse-freer."

Hippocrates

Latin form of Greek Hippokrates, meaning horse power

Hippokrates

"Horse power." Greek name composed of the elements hippos "horse" and kratos "power."

Hippolyta

Latin form of Greek Hippolyte, meaning horse-freer

Hippolyte

Feminine form of Hippolytos, meaning "horse-freer." Greek myth name of the daughter of Ares.

Hippolytos

"Horse-freer." Greek myth name of the son of Theseus, composed of the elements hippos "horse" and lyo "to loosen."

Hofvarpnir

Hoof-thrower In Norse mythology, this was the name of a horse belonging to the goddess Gna, said to be able to move through the air and across water.

Horsa

Old English semi-legendary name of the brother of Hengist, meaning horse

Hrimfaxi

See Skinfaxi and Hrimfaxi.

Ilderim

Arabic word for a model Arabian stallion.

Incitatus

Spurred on Latin name of the horse belonging to Roman Emperor Caligula. It had an ivory manger, and drank wine out of a golden pail.

Ippolit

Russian form of Greek Hippolytos, meaning "horse-freer."

Ippolito

Italian form of Greek Hippolytos, meaning "horse-freer."

kelpy or kelpie

Of the color of kelp/sea-weed Myth name of the water-horse of fairy mythology.

Lampon

The bright one Greek name of one of the Mares of Diomed.

Lampos

Shining like a lamp Greek myth name of one of the steeds of the Sun at noon.

Lamri

The curveter In Arthurian Legend, this was the name of a steed belonging to King Arthur.

Llamrei

In Arthurian legend, this was the name of a mare belonging to King Arthur. It may be a feminine form of Lamri, meaning curveter

Mares of diomed

In Greek mythology, these were four wild, man-eating horses belonging to the giant Diomed, Tyrant of Thrace (not Diomede, son of Tydeus); he fed his horses on the strangers who visited his kingdom. One labor of Hercules was to steal these horses; he vanquished the tyrant, gave the carcass to the horses to eat then took them to King Eurystheus who dedicated them to the goddess Hera. Like to the Thracian tyrant who, they, Unto his horses gave his guests for meat, Till he himself was made their greedy prey, And torn to pieces by Alcides great-Spenser: Faërie Queene, book v. canto 8.

Neptune

Latin myth name of a god of horses and the sea, derived from Latin Neptunus. The etymology of both Neptune and Poseidon are uncertain, but Poseidon, also known as earth-shaker, may mean distribution-lord Neptune is also the name of a planet in the solar system.

Ogrifina

Russian form of Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."

Ogrofena

Russian form of Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."

Ogrofenka

Nickname for Russian Ogrifina, meaning "wild horse."

Ogrufena

Russian form of Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."

Ogrufina

Russian form of Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."

Phaeton

The shining one Name of one of the steeds of Aurora. The other is Abrax.

Phallas

Stallion Name of the horse of Heraclios.

Philogea

Myth name of one of the horses of the Sun, meaning earth-loving

Phlegon

The burning/blazing one Greek myth name of one of the horses of the noon-day sun.

Pholos

Original Greek form of Latin Pholus, myth name of a wise centaur, meaning of the cave or den He was a friend of Hercules who accidentally poisoned him; he surrendered his immortality to be rid of the agony of the poison.

Pholus

Latin form of Greek Pholos, myth name of a wise centaur, meaning of the cave or den
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