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220+ Chestnut Horse Names (Mare, Stallion & More)

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Chestnut horse names, fiery and bold, await you! Whether it’s for a spirited mare or a stallion with a coat like embers, we have all the options you need. Start with our most popular names and naming ideas below, and then scroll further for more options.

We have 220+ names for you to choose from, but don’t forget our Horse Name Generator, which will help you come up with even more options if you need them!

Key Takeaways:

  • Pick a name based on a core attribute of your horse’s personality (Cowboy for a Stallion or Gelding, Inferno for a badass or energetic horse) or a key physical attribute (Sable for a brown horse name or Mosaic for an Appaloosa horse with chestnut colors).
    • Popular Chestnut Names include Ginger, Copper, Chestnut, Rusty, Red, Autumn, Sienna, Amber, Sorrel, and Ruby.
  • Consider name options of famous chestnut horses for inspiration, like Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Man o’ War, and Trigger
  • Use our Horse Name Generator to quickly find the right name for your horse!
Beautiful chestnut horse standing in a green field

The Best, Most Popular Names for Chestnut Horses

These are the top 10 best horse names for chestnut horses:

  1. Red
  2. Ginger
  3. Rusty
  4. Copper
  5. Blaze
  6. Annie
  7. Fox or Foxy
  8. Rosie
  9. Flame
  10. Ember

Best Male (Stallion/Gelding) Chestnut Horse Names

If your chestnut horse is male, whether a stallion or gelding, these names might be perfectly suited for him:

  • Alchemist
  • Blaze
  • Chester (the Chestnut)
  • Copper
  • Cowboy
  • Demon
  • Dragon
  • Elmo: The red monster from Sesame Street (lol!)
  • Flash
  • Fox
  • Hades
  • Maroon: Similar to red and chestnut
  • Mars
  • Meatball
  • Mufassa (from the “Lion King”)
  • Red Devil
  • Rusty
  • Satan
  • Simba: From the “Lion King”
  • Sunny
  • Titian
  • Tormund (like Tormund Giantsbane from Game of Thrones)
a chestnut horse galloping freely in a open field

Best Female (Mare) Chestnut Horse Names

Do you have a female chestnut horse? Chestnut mares are such beautiful creatures that they deserve a bit more time and effort in picking the perfect name. After you look at this list, have a look at our full post on 150+ Horse Names for Fillies and Mares.

  • Amber
  • Annie
  • Apple
  • Ariel
  • Autumn
  • Brandy
  • Cayenne
  • Cherry
  • Cinnamon
  • Coral
  • Coraline
  • Dana (like Dana Scully from The X-Files)
  • Daphne (like Daphne Blake from Scooby Doo)
  • Ember
  • Fiona (like Princess Fiona from Shrek)
  • Foxy
  • Ginger
  • Gloriana
  • Hazel
  • Henna
  • Hibiscus
  • Jean (like Jean Grey from X-Men)
  • Ladybug
  • Lucille (like Lucille Ball)
  • Merida
  • Paprika
  • Pebbles
  • Peony
  • Pippi (like Pippi Longstocking)
  • Robin
  • Rosa
  • Rosy
  • Ruby
  • Salsa
  • Scarlet
  • Scully (like Dana Scully from the X-Files)
  • Sunshine
  • Ygritte (from Game of Thrones)
  • Venus

Again, horse names for chestnut mares deserve a bit more time and effort. It’s one thing to have a chestnut horse name, it’s another to have a beautiful chestnut horse with the perfect name.

Badass Chestnut Horse Names

Some chestnut horses carry an air of badassery, with a fiery mane and a bold demeanor that demand names with an edge. Maybe their chestnut coat is fiery, demanding more of a red horse name overall. Here are 10 badass names that capture the untamed spirit of your chestnut steed:

  • Inferno: For a horse with a fiery spirit.
  • Blaze Fury: Combining the chestnut’s signature color with a fierce temperament.
  • Mustang (need we say more?)
  • Vengeance: For a horse that runs with purpose and power.
  • Thunderbolt
  • Spartan: After the fierce warriors of ancient Greece.
  • Outlaw
  • Rampage
  • Goliath
  • Titan: For a horse that stands out in size and spirit.

If you want to go deeper in this direction, have a look at our post on 101+ Medieval Horse Names.

Sorrel Mustang

Unisex Chestnut Horse Names

The names below are suitable for both male and female chestnut horses:

  • Arizona
  • Aster (Arabic word meaning “red”)
  • Blaze
  • Chestnut
  • Chilli
  • Crimson
  • Red
  • Fiery
  • Fire
  • Firefly
  • Flame
  • Flare
  • Irish
  • Jasper
  • Mars
  • Rua: Meaning “red” in Irish
  • Salmon
  • Saturn
  • Spice
  • Zodiac

Chestnut Horse Show Names

Naming your show horse is never easy. We have a dedicated list of 120+ Strong and Powerful Horse Names you may prefer to skim at this point. If you are looking for a great show horse name for your chestnut horse, here are some ideas to get you started.

  • A Lady in Red
  • Autumn Dream
  • Burning Arrow
  • Bentley Red
  • Blazing By
  • Cool Under Fire
  • Copper Sunrise
  • Fan the Fire
  • Far Out Fox
  • Flame-Broiled
  • Flat out Foxy
  • Harvest Moon
  • Knight’s Rose
  • Red Hot Assassin
  • Redneck Report
  • Seeing Red
  • Scottish Affair
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Warning Ahead
A chestnut horse galloping beside a fence

Famous Chestnut Horse Names

Chestnut horses have galloped through the pages of history and fiction, leaving a legacy as enduring as their striking color. Below are 10 names of famous chestnut horses that may get your creative juices flowing:

  1. Secretariat: The legendary racing champion.
  2. Pegasus: After the mythic winged horse, often depicted as chestnut.
  3. Seabiscuit: Another racing legend of the 20th century.
  4. Red Rum: A celebrated steeplechaser and three-time Grand National winner.
  5. Man o’ War: One of the greatest racehorses of all time.
  6. War Admiral: The son of Man o’ War and a legend in his own right.
  7. Affirmed: The last horse to win the American Triple Crown for 37 years.
  8. Phar Lap: A folk hero in Australian racing, a chestnut with a large heart.
  9. Trigger: The famous palomino (a horse with a coat that has a golden color and a white mane and tail) movie star, often mistaken for chestnut due to his color in black and white films.
  10. Big Red: A nickname given to several famous chestnut horses, including Secretariat and Man o’ War.

Chestnut Horse Names Inspired By Food & Drinks

Chestnut horses are known for their reddish-brown color. If you love food and drinks, you will definitely love to name your horse after these red food and drinks (or use their shortened forms):

  • Carrots
  • Chardonnay
  • Cherry Garcia – Cherry
  • Cider (like Apple Cider)
  • Cinnamon
  • Cortland
  • Currant
  • Curry
  • Donut
  • Gala (like a Gala Apple)
  • Ginger
  • Grenadine
  • Heinz (like the Ketchup)
  • Kool (like Kool-Aid)
  • Marinara
  • Paprika
  • Pip (as in orange pip)
  • Pomegranate Martini – Pomtini or Tini
  • Red Snappers – Snaps
  • Shirley Temple – Shirley
  • Spicy
  • Strawberry Puff – Puffy
  • Tangerine

Chestnut Horse Names Inspired By Nature

Do you love nature? Here are some names inspired by nature for your chestnut horse:

  • Amaryllis
  • Anemone
  • Aster
  • Azalea
  • Begonia
  • Boysenberry
  • Camellia
  • Carnation
  • Celosia
  • Cinnamon
  • Cosmo
  • Dahlia
  • Hibiscus
  • Marigold
  • Pansy
  • Peony
  • Petunia
  • Poppy
  • Red Lobster
  • Rose
  • Sea Horse
  • Sweet Pea
  • Strawberry
  • Sumac
  • Tomato
  • Tulip
  • Zinnia
Liver Chestnut Horse standing in a field with yellow flowers

Liver Chestnut Horse Names

Liver chestnut horses are kind of their own subset. Their deep, dark, almost maroon color definitely sets them apart from the bright red copper chestnuts that are so common.

Here is a list of names that are perfect for a liver chestnut horse:

  • Maroon
  • Cinnamon
  • Currant
  • Curry
  • Crimson
  • Mahogany
  • Sangria
  • Merlot
  • Burgundy
  • Saffron
  • Sumac

Brown Horse Names

Closely related to the rich, reddish hues of chestnut, brown horses carry a spectrum of earthy tones, from light tan to deep, dark chocolate. Here’s a curated list of 10 names that are perfect for brown horses, reflecting their earth-toned elegance:

  • Sienna
  • Umber
  • Bruno
  • Hazel
  • Walnut
  • Cocoa
  • Espresso
  • Bear
  • Bourbon
  • Mahogany

Whether your horse is a light sandy brown or a deep, velvety brown, these names offer a connection to their beautiful and solid coloring.

Appaloosa Horse Names

With their distinctive spotted coats and diverse heritage, Appaloosa horses carry a sense of the wild and picturesque American spirit. They aren’t always chestnut, but the chestnut brown color can show up in their coats a lot, lending itself to a lot of fun name options. Here’s a list of 10 names that can resonate with Appaloosa horse’s vibrant patterns:

  • Patches
  • Picasso – (For the horse with a coat like a masterpiece.)
  • Marbles – (Perfect for a horse with a playful pattern.)
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Mosaic
  • Freckles – (A cute name for a horse with smaller spots.)
  • Splatter
  • Galaxy
  • Domino
  • Pollock

Getting Names from Other Languages

“Chestnut” is similar to red and other related colors. You can name your chestnut horse with a word from where it (i.e. the breed) originated from. The names below mean red, chestnut, brown, or other related colors from various languages:

  • Aka (Japanese)
  • Castana (Spanish)
  • Dearg (Irish)
  • Hong (Chinese)
  • Kastanie (German)
  • Kurumi (Japanese)
  • Maroon (Spanish)
  • Redeca (Solvenian)
  • Roja (Spanish)
  • Rosso (Italian)
  • Rot (German)
  • Rouge (French)

Unique Chestnut Horse Names

Here are some unique horse names that work great for chestnut horses. And if you’re desperate for more, be sure to watch the video above which offers even more interesting options!

  • Alev: A Turkish word meaning “flame”. This name is best for brightly colored female horses
  • Basia: In Czechoslovakian, Basia means “fire”.
  • Brigit: Brigit is a Celtic goddess of poetry and fire. It is best for dramatic chestnut horses
  • Calida: This name is Latin for “fiery”. It suits horses with a fiery temperament.
  • Coral: Aquatic invertebrates that come in various colors especially reddish brown just like chestnut horses.
  • Ember: The hot fiery coals (or fuel) that keep a flame burning. While they keep you warm, they can hurt you if you get too close. This name is suitable for horses with warm temperaments that can sometimes act out.
  • Etain: Meaning “jealousy” in Ireland, Etain is suitable for male horses with bright colors that attract people intensely.
  • Eldur: This word from Iceland means fire. It is suitable for male horses.
  • Fiamette: This name is Latin for “fiery one”. It is suitable for pretty bright-colored female chestnut horses.
  • Golner: A Persian name that means the bright center of a flame. Golner is suitable for a chestnut stallion, or chestnut thoroughbred stallion.
  • Hestia: In Greek methodology, Hestia means hearth or fireside. Hestia was the goddess of hearth and home. This name is suitable for calm-tempered horses.
  • Kalama: This name for females originates from Hawaii and means “a flaming torch”. It is suitable for horses with bright colors or personalities.
  • Keegan: This Irish name means “descendant of the fiery one”. It is suitable for both males and females but mostly used by males. This name is best for horses born in sunset.
  • Niran: Niran is an Arabian word for “flames”. This name is best for chestnut breeds that originate from Arabia.
  • Rowan: These tress have chestnut or fiery flowers. It is suitable for both genders
  • Pele: Pele is the goddess of volcanoes and fire in Hawaii. She is usually calm, but can be quite of a temper sometimes. This name is best for chestnut horses with bright markings.
  • Phoenix: This bird is mythological. It burns itself in a very bright flame and then, it is reborn from its own ashes. “Phoenix” is a great name for every chestnut horse.
  • Pyralis: Meaning “of fire” in Greek, this name is suitable for horses with sound and calm temperaments.
  • Vanhi: Vanhi means “fire” in Hindu. It is suitable for both genders and reminds you of the fiery coat of your horse.
  • Vulcan: He was the Roman god of fire. This name is suitable for large and strong chestnut stallions.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What makes a horse chestnut-colored?

A horse is classified as chestnut when it has a reddish-brown coat, which is a result of its genetics. The chestnut color can range from a light, golden shade to a dark liver hue.

Q: Can chestnut horses have a mane and tail of a different color?

Yes, while many chestnut horses have a mane and tail that are the same color as their body, some can have flaxen (lighter) manes and tails.

Q: Are chestnut and sorrel the same color?

The terms are often used interchangeably, but some horse communities consider sorrel to be a lighter, more reddish color, while chestnut is a deeper brown. The distinction can vary by region and breed.