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180+ Names for Black Horses

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All black horses are highly sought after in the horse world, especially by those looking to purchase their first horse. The black horse has been popularized by media such as the Black Stallion or Black Beauty. Once you finally reach your goal and purchase that perfect black horse of your dreams, what name will you choose? In this post, I’ll give you over 180 name ideas for a black horse!

If you are anything like me you may have grown up reading the famous books about black horses like the Black Stallion  or Black Beauty . In both cases, those were boys so that is the perfect place to start with this post!

Best Names for Black Horses

The top 10 best names for a black horse are:

  1. Beauty
  2. Bucephalus
  3. Chez Noir
  4. Dahlia
  5. Drogon
  6. Morticia
  7. Nero
  8. Raven
  9. Ruger
  10. Velvet

Black Horse Names for Stallions and Geldings

If your black horse is male, these are some great names you should consider. Whether he is a stallion or gelding, full-size horse or pony, these names are perfectly suited for your boy!

  • Ace
  • Ace of Spades
  • Angus
  • Ash
  • Bagheera
  • Batman
  • Bean (Black Bean)
  • Bear
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  • Black
  • Black Bean
  • Black Tie
  • Blackjack
  • Bucephalus
  • Carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Coal
  • Crow
  • Dark Knight
  • Domino
  • Dracula
  • Drogon
  • Elvis
  • Graphite
  • Guinness
  • Hades
  • Jack (Jack Black)
  • Jack of Clubs
  • Leviathan
  • Lucifer
  • Nero
  • Nimbus
  • Ninja
  • Noir
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Pepsi
  • Phantom
  • Pirate
  • Ruger
  • Slim Shady
  • Smoke
  • Smokey
  • Sooty
  • Spider
  • Tarmac
  • Vader
  • Voldemort
  • Winchester
  • Zorro

Black Horse Names for Mares and Fillies


If your black horse is female, this list is for you. For whatever reason, it seems to be harder to find names for girl horses than for boys. Anyhow, this list of names should help get you started!

  • Ashley
  • Bat Girl
  • Black Pearl
  • Cat Woman
  • Char
  • Chez Noir
  • Cinderella
  • Coco
  • Cola
  • Coven
  • Dahlia
  • Dot
  • Ebony
  • Ember
  • Godiva
  • Kalamata (like the Olive)
  • Maggie
  • Magpie
  • Morticia
  • Nebula
  • Olive
  • Opal
  • Raven
  • Ruffian
  • Sable
  • Selena
  • Velvet
  • Wednesday

Gender Neutral Names for Black Horses


These names are great for black mares, geldings, and stallions. They work equally well for girls and for boys. If you know you are going to get a black horse but aren’t sure whether you will get a male or a female, you can still get all of your stuff ready to go if you choose one of these names!

  • Apparition
  • Bear
  • Black Diamond
  • Blackberry
  • Blackie
  • Chocolate
  • Cinder
  • Cobra
  • Coco
  • Coffee
  • Cosmo
  • Currant
  • Dice
  • Dusty
  • Ember
  • Galaxy
  • Hershey
  • Licorice
  • Magic
  • Midnight
  • Mystery
  • Noche
  • Omen
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Pepper
  • Phantom
  • Raisin
  • Shadow
  • Silhouette
  • Sombra (Spanish for Shadow)
  • Storm
  • Twilight
  • VooDoo

Names of Famous Black Horses


Famous black horses aren’t just limited to Black Beauty or the Black Stallion. There are many black horses that have made their impact on the world in one way or another, here are a few of them!

5 Famous Black Mares

  • Black Caviar – Famous Australian Thoroughbred mare who was undefeated in 25 races. (Wikipedia)
  • Black Widow – Where are my Marvel lovers? Name your favorite mare after your favorite heroine!
  • Quo Vadis – This mare’s name means “Where are you going?”. She is one of two black mares given Hall of Fame status by the American Quarter Horse Association. She is well known for being a champion show mare as well as an excellent producer of champions. (Wikipedia)
  • Ruffian – This thoroughbred mare was famous first for her career on the race track and then her injury and attempts at recovery. She is remembered for being an extremely fast mare who won every race except her last where she was injured and still tried to run even though she couldn’t.
  • Skydancer – The black/purple mount of Stormy in the Rainbow Brite movie!

11 Famous Black Stallions & Geldings

  • Black Hawk – This solid black Morgan stallion a very well known sire. In fact, he fetched a record price of $800 in 1844 which is the equivalent of $27,366 today. Not bad for a horse whose mom was an unnamed mare with no known pedigree! (Wikipedia)
  • Bucephalus – This legendary horse was the favored mount of Alexander the Great. Legend has it that Bucephalus would not allow anyone else to ride him.
  • Cass Ole – This famous black Arabian stallion played the lead role in the Black Stallion movies. He was also a national champion show horse! (
  • Felix – Who doesn’t remember Felix the Cat!
  • Figaro – Yet another adorable black cat, this time in the movie Pinocchio.
  • Goliath Black Friesian stallion in the movie, Ladyhawke.
  • On-X The black robotic horse ridden by Krys in Rainbow Brite and the Star Steeler. (Wikipedia)
  • Sylvester – There are lots of famous black cats, what can I say. Of course, it would be funnier if you found a Palomino companion you could name Tweety!
  • The Black – The Black Stallion was made famous first by Walter Farley’s series of books and later by a movie of the same name.
  • Top Moon – An AQHA horse by Moon Deck out of the mare Rica Bar. This Quarter Horse stallion earned his place in the hall of fame through his illustrious career as a top racehorse and an excellent sire of racehorses. He’s also the only black stallion in the Hall of Fame. (Wikipedia)
  • Tornado – Tornado was the name of Zorro’s horse in the books and the television series.

Black Horse Names in Spanish

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There are lots of languages you can pull names from but Spanish is, perhaps, the easiest. Here are a few Spanish names to get you started.

  • Alacrán – means Scorpion
  • Araña – means Spider
  • Estrella – means star
  • Morena – means “Dark Haired”
  • Negro – means Black
  • Noche – means Night
  • Nublado – means Cloudy
  • Oso – means bear
  • Oscuro – means dark, blackness
  • Pirata – means Pirate
  • Sombra – means Shadow

Show Names for Black Horses

Now that we have covered an extensive list of names for your black horse, how do we build on that to make a top-notch show name? After all, the name your horse goes by on a day to day basis is usually different from his registered name or the one you use for the announcer to call out at shows.

In deciding a show name, typically you want something more “proper”. This is at least two words. These horse names can be clever, funny or unique. But you also want them to work for your black horse.

These horse names all use the word “Black”

  • Back in Black
  • Black Bacardi
  • Black Beauty Cutie
  • Black Belle
  • Black Cherry
  • Black Coffee Blues
  • Black Diablo
  • Black Friday
  • Black Label
  • Black Market Money
  • Black Moon Rising
  • Blacked Out
  • Black N Brew
  • Black Powder
  • Black Quartz
  • Black Sabbath
  • Blackstone Bay
  • Black Tie Affair
  • Black Tie Preferred
  • Blackberry Rose
  • Classic Black
  • Double Black
  • Joe Black
  • Little Black Box
  • Little Black Dress
  • Man in Black
  • Miner’s Black Gold
  • Serious Black
  • Vision in Black

Unique Show Names for Black Horses

  • Almost Dark
  • Any Given Night (or Knight)
  • Carbon Copy
  • Cheval Noir (Black Horse)
  • Coal Miner
  • Cozy at Midnight
  • Dark Ages
  • Dark as Night
  • Dark Forest
  • Dark Side of the Moon
  • Dark Star
  • Darkest Secret
  • Exclusive Reward
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Lights Out
  • Midnight at Dawn
  • Midnight Chase
  • Midnight Confession
  • Midnight Maven
  • Near Darkness
  • Nightline
  • Nights Watch
  • Out of the Dark
  • Overnight Express
  • Rainbow in the Dark
  • Sealed with a Kiss
  • Shot in the Dark
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • SuperNova
  • Wait ’til Midnight
Black horse standing near wooden fence

Whatever you choose to name your horse is your decision. You can just call your horse “Black” if you want. He is your horse. In fact, one of the best horses I ever owned was simply named “Blackie”. He’s the pretty guy pictured above. He’s all faded out in this picture but he’d get a super nice dark black in winter.

Have fun choosing a name for your black horse. I hope this list helped you find one that is absolutely perfect!