Teeuwynn rode horses for decades, including her beloved Appaloosa, Aspen, and qualified at state and national levels in horse shows.
Horses are wonderful creatures, and each one deserves a name that fits its unique nature. One good place to look for names that are more than just pretty is in Greek mythology, which is filled with awe-inspiring gods, goddesses, titans, creatures, and spirits.
Each of these names is loaded with mythological significance. Take a look at the ideas below and see if anything jumps out at you as a potential fit for your new horse.
Aether is a primordial deity. The son of Erebus, the god of darkness, and Nyx, the goddess of night, Aether became the deity in charge of the rarified upper air in the skies (think "ether" and "ethereal"). This is the air the gods breathe; it is too fine and thin for mortal lungs. Unlike his parents, Aether strove to be a heroic role model. This name could be good for any horse that loves to run wild and free or who really enjoys jumping.
Hades, the Greek god of the underworld, had a powerful black horse named Alastor who was one of the four horses that pulled his chariot when he charged out of the underworld to bring Persephone back to live with him.
This name would be an interesting option for an intimidating black stallion or gelding. He could be a sweetheart, but maybe when new people meet him, they’re too intimidated to recognize his sweetness . or maybe he really only gets along with you. Either way, it’s a name with an interesting history.
Apollo and his sister Artemis are two of the strongest gods in the Greek pantheon. Apollo is the god of many things, including music, truth, prophecy, light, the sun, healing, plagues, poetry, and more. Apollo is the patron of Delphi and cares deeply for the arts and medicine.
This name could work well for any horse with a kind, soothing nature. It might also work for paler horses (silver, white, palomino, etc.) since Apollo is often depicted as blonde, but I think any kind and steady stallion, gelding, or foal could wear this name well.
Ares, the son of Zeus and Hera, is the Greek god of war. Ares is all about the wild side of war and revels in charging headlong into battle regardless of what the outcome may be. Because of his wild nature, this name might be good for a powerful, headstrong horse who sometimes does not agree with you about where you're going or what you should be doing at any given moment. It would also work for a horse that tends to cause fights with other horses in the barn.
Arete is not a living being, but rather an idea—a potential. Arete means “excellence of any kind.” It can also mean “moral virtue.” This word is not male or female; it simply indicates meeting one’s potential. This name would be fantastic for a foal born with real potential for greatness or a horse that you expect great things or exemplary behavior from.
Artemis is the twin sister of Apollo and the daughter of Zeus and Leto. She is the goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, virginity, and childbirth. The most popular images of her depict her carrying a bow and arrows. This wild name would be great for any free-spirited mare or foal or a female horse who isn’t afraid of anything.
The Greeks thought chaos was the great void of nothingness that existed before the world began. Out of this chaos grew a primordial deity, also named Chaos, who came to rule it. This name would work for a horse of any sex who doesn’t like to keep to the rules and follow along. A horse with this name is a thinking person’s horse.
In mythology, the Greek centaurs believed Chiron to be “the wisest and justest of all centaurs.” He was a famous tutor who taught Achilles when he was young. As Chiron grew older, he also became a respected healer and astrologer. He died by sacrificing himself to save the titan Prometheus.
This name would be good to consider for any smart, caring horse who has the temperament to stay calm when others get flustered. It’s also a terrific name for a horse you think would defend you if you were threatened.
This Greek spirit presided over surfeit and disdain. Surfeit means having too much of something or causing someone else to have far too much of something to the point that they feel uncomfortable. This name would be good for any horse that really likes food and treats and indulges too much but turns their nose up at treats they don't like.
Hades, one of Zeus' brothers, is the god of wealth and the lord of the underworld. He has an enormous three-headed dog named Cerberus that guards the way in and out of the underworld. Hades can be a bitter and jealous lord—when he fell in love with Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, he tricked her into eating six pomegranate seeds while in the underworld so that she would have to spend six months per year there.
Hades would make a nice name for a horse who likes to take control or who gets jealous easily. It would also work well for a really powerful, intimidating stallion or gelding.
Helios is a god who is known as the personification of the sun. One of his sisters is the moon goddess, Sếlene, and the other is Eos, goddess of the dawn. Helios is a bright, vivacious individual who shines forth in the sky.
Consider giving this name to a light-colored horse or pony like a palomino, grey, silver, or even a roan. Of course, if your darker-colored horse or pony has a personality that just screams Helios, then go for it!
When it comes to goddesses, no one is more important than Hera. She is the wife and sister of Zeus, king of the gods. Hera is the goddess of childbirth, women, marriage, empires, kings, and heirs. She is a very regal woman, but she is also extremely jealous due to Zeus’ frequent infidelities.
Hera’s favorite animals are peacocks, cuckoos, and heifers. You could name any regal or haughty looking mare Hera. This name would also work well for a mare that enjoys time with cattle or chasing stallions and geldings away as if they’re getting in trouble and she’s calling them out on it.
Nemesis, the goddess of retribution, is particularly focused on people paying for acts of hubris, or overweening pride. Known as “the inescapable,” Nemesis is not a figure anyone wants to see coming up behind them.
This name would probably be good for a darker mare who knows how to move quietly and well. It would also work for a horse who knows how to bide her time and get back at someone for doing something she didn’t like.
Nike is the classic winged goddess of victory. In Roman mythology, she is called Victoria. This name is perfect for any horse or pony you plan on competing with, be it in show jumping, barrel racing, or some other sport.
Nyx, the goddess of night, stood at the dawn of creation and became a mother figure to Thanatos (death) and Hypnos (sleep). Nyx is a very mysterious figure in Greek mythology, but it is clear that she is exceptionally beautiful and so powerful that even Zeus is afraid of her. Nyx would be a wonderful name for a black, dark brown, or bay mare with a calm, strong personality.
Persephone is the beloved daughter of Demeter, goddess of the Harvest, and Zeus, king of the gods. Persephone is the goddess of spring growth and is said to have been tricked or captured by Hades, lord of the underworld. While she was in the underworld, she grew hungry and ate six pomegranate seeds. Eating in the world of the dead bound her there permanently, but only for six months a year—one month for each seed she ate.
The world is said to enter autumn and then winter as Demeter grieves her daughter’s time in the Underworld. The world then bursts into flowers in the spring when Persephone returns. This name could work for almost any mare or foal, especially one who can remain hopeful even in very dark times or who really loves the springtime.
Although scholars aren’t entirely sure what this name means, they believe that Perses is the titan of destruction. With such a wicked, damaging theme, this name might be good for a horse that likes to fight, tends to bite, or has other dangerous qualities.
Sếlene is a titan and the goddess of the moon. She has a delicate moon chariot that she drives across the nightly skies, and she is said to have many lovers. Sếlene might make a good name for any lovely mare or foal meant for breeding or for any pretty mare who enjoys flirting or a good run in the fields at night.
Sterope was one of the Pleiades, the seven daughters of the massively strong titan, Atlas. The Pleiades were also the goddess Artemis’ companions. Eventually, the Pleiades are said to have gone into the sky and become a constellation.
Sterope could work for any bright-spirited mare, but it might work particularly well for a horse with a white star or blaze, white socks or stockings, or roan or appaloosa markings—all of which might remind one of the Pleiades constellation in the sky.
Ruler of Mount Olympus and king of the gods; god of thunder, lightning, sky, weather, law, order, and justice; Zeus is a strong, regal figure who often carries lightning bolts. He is usually depicted with a black beard and pale skin. Any male horse that likes to be a leader could carry this name, but it would also work for a black or black and white horse. Finally, think of this name for a horse that actually gets excited about lightning.
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20 Legendary Names for Horses From Greek Mythology - pets
Horse Names, Equine Names
Names for horses, burros, mules, donkeys, etc. Equine-related names. Names that
mean horse, mare, steed, fleet-footed, etc. Also see Fire Names for names that mean
Flame, Fiery, etc. See Weather Names for Thunder and Lightning names.
"A good horse sholde have three propyrtees of a man, three of a woman, three of a foxe, three of a haare, and three of an asse.
"Of a man. Bolde, prowde, and hardye.
"Of a woman. Fayre-breasted, faire of heere, and easy to move.
"Of a foxe. A fair taylle, short eers, with a good trotte.
"Of an asse. A bygge chynn, a flat legge, and a good hoof."
--Wynkyn de Worde (1496).
SHADOWLESS : This was the name of the horse belonging to Cao Cao, the last Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty in China.
ABASTOR : Greek name meaning "away from the stars" or "deprived of the light of day." In mythology, this is the name of one of Pluto's four night-black steeds said to outspeed the stars.
ABATOS : Greek name meaning "inaccessible," in reference to the infernal realm. In mythology, this is the name of one of Pluto's four night-black steeds said to be as fleet as thought.
ABRAX : Greek name meaning "shining one." In mythology, this is the name of one of the steeds of Aurora. The other is Phaeton.
ABRAXAS : Greek myth name of one of the horses belonging to the sun god Helios. It is also the name of a demon of lies and deceit. The letters of the name add up to 365, the number of days in the year. It has been found in Greek magical texts and may be related to the word abracadabra which may derive from Aramaic avra kedabra, meaning "I will create as I speak."
ACTAEON: Latin form of Greek Aktaion, meaning "effulgence." In mythology, this is the name of a hunter who was torn to pieces by his own dogs. He was then transformed into a deer, thus himself becoming the hunted.
ÆTHON ( Αἴθων ): Greek myth name of one of the horses of the sun god Helios, meaning "burning, fiery."
AETON : Greek myth name of one Pluto's horses, usually rendered "swift as an eagle."
AGRIPIN ( Агрипин ): Russian form of Greek Agrippas, meaning "wild horse."
AGRIPPA ( Агриппа ): Latin form of Greek Agrippas, meaning "wild horse." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of theHerod Agrippa who ordered the execution of the apostle James, and the imprisonment of Peter. Compare with feminine Agrippa.
AGRIPPAS ( Αγρίππας ): Greek name meaning "wild horse." In the New Testament bible, this is the name of theHerod Agrippa who ordered the execution of the apostle James, and the imprisonment of Peter.
AHEARN : Variant spelling of English Ahern, meaning "lord of horses."
AHERIN : Variant spelling of English Ahern, meaning "lord of horses."
AHERN : Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEachthighearna "descendant of Eachthighearna," hence "lord of horses."
AHERNE : Variant spelling of English Ahern, meaning "lord of horses."
AKTAION ( Ακταίων ): 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.
ALASTOR ( Αλάστωρ ): Greek name meaning "avenging spirit." In mythology, this is the name of the daimon spirit of family blood feuds, the afflicter of vengeance upon children for the crimes of their fathers. It is also the name of one of Pluto's four black horses.
AQUILINE : Roman Latin name meaning "like an eagle." In Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, this is the name of Raymond's steed, bred on the banks of the Tagus.
ARCHIPPOS ( Άρχιππος ): Greek name composed of the elements archos "master" and hippos "horse," hence "master of horses."
ARCHIPPUS : Latin form of Greek Archippos, meaning "master of horses."
ARION : Greek name meaning "martial war-horse." In mythology, this is the name of the horse Hercules gave to Adrastos it 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 ( Архи́п ): Russian form of Greek Archippos, meaning "master of horses."
ARVAK and ALSVID : ("early riser" or "early splendid") and ("all-swift" or "all-scorching"). In Norse mythology, these were the names of two horses who pulled the sun goddess Sunna's chariot. It was said that the sunlight came from their manes, while the sun, itself, only gave off heat. They are also called by the Icelandic names Arvakur and Alsvidur.
BAIARD : Old French name derived from the word baiard, meaning "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.
BAIARDO : Variant spelling of Spanish Bajardo, meaning "bay color."
BAJARDO : Spanish form of French Bayard, meaning "bay color." This was the name of Rinaldo's horse, once the property of Amadis of Gaul. It was found by Malagigi, the wizard, in a cave guarded by a dragon which the wizard slew. According to tradition, the horse still lives, but flees at the approach of man, so that no one can ever hope to catch him.
EACHANN: Scottish Gaelic name composed of the elements each "horse" and donn "brown," hence "brown horse." Hector is an Anglicized form.
EACHTHIGHEARNA : Gaelic name composed of the elements each "horse," and tighearna "lord, master," hence "lord of horses."
EMBARR : Irish Gaelic name meaning "imagination." In mythology, this is the name of the heroine Niamh's magical horse that could cross the sea and land without touching the water or the ground.
EOOS : Greek name meaning "day-break." In mythology, this is the name of one of the horses of the Sun.
ERYTHREOS : Greek name meaning "red-producer." In mythology, this is the name of a horse of the Sun.
ETHIOPS : Greek name meaning "flashing." In mythology, this is the name of one of the horses of the Sun.
ETON : Variant spelling of Greek Aeton, meaning "swift as an eagle." In mythology, this is the name of one of Pluto's four night-black steeds.
FIREFOOT : This was the name of a horse owned by Eomer in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.
FRONTALETTO : Italian name meaning "little head." This is the name of Sacripant's charger in Orlando Furioso. Variants: Frontin, Frontino.
GALATHE : Greek name meaning "cream-colored." In mythology, this is the name of one of Hector's horses.
GRANE : German name meaning "grey-colored." In Germanic legend, this is the name of Siegfrid's swift horse.
GREYFELL : Norwegian name meaning "grey colored." In Norse mythology, this is the name of SigurпїЅr's horse.
GRINGOLET : French Arthurian Legend name probably meaning either "white-hardy" or "handsome-hardy." This was the name of Sir Gawain's horse, famous for his ability in combat. He first appears in Chretien de Troyes's Erec and Enide where he is borrowed by Sir Kay for a joust against Sir Erec.
GULLTOPP : Norwegian form of Old Norse Gulltoppr, meaning "golden mane." In mythology, this is the name of the horse of Heimdall.
GULLTOPPR : Old Norse name meaning "golden mane." In mythology, this is the name of the horse of Heimdall.
HAÏZUM : This is the name of the horse God gave to the archangel Gabriel. It was a white, flaming spirit horse, winged like Pegasus and said to be able to fly from one cosmic plane to another in a second.
HARPAGOS : Greek name meaning "one that carries off rapidly." In mythology, this is the name of one of the horses of the Gemini twins Castor and Pollux.
KERECACPA : Avestan name meaning "he of the lean horse." In mythology, this is the name of a hero god of second-rank in heaven who avenges his brother Urvaksha.
LAMPON : Greek name meaning "the bright one." In mythology, this is the name of one of the Mares of Diomed.
LAMPOS : Greek name meaning "shining like a lamp." In mythology, this is the name of one of the steeds of the Sun at noon.
LAMRI : Arthurian legend name of a steed belonging to King Arthur, meaning "the curveter."
LUAGOR : Arthurian Legend name of Sir Caradoc's horse, meaning "host splitter."
URVAKSHA : Avestan name meaning "the one who has the fat horse." In mythology, this is the name of a god avenged by his brother Kerecacpa.
VEGLIANTINO [Vail-yan-te'-no]: Italian name meaning "the little vigilant one." This is the name of the famous steed of Orlando, called in French romance Veillantif, Orlando being called Roland.
VEILLANTIF : French form of Italian Vegliantino, meaning "the little vigilant one."
XANTHIPPOS ( Ξάνθιππος ): Greek name composed of the elements xanthos "yellow" and hippos "horse," hence "yellow horse."
AGRAFENA ( Аграфена ): Variant spelling of Russian Agripena, meaning "wild horse."
AGRAFINA ( Аграфина ): Variant spelling of Russian Agripina, meaning "wild horse."
AGRIPENA : Variant spelling of Russian Agripina, meaning "wild horse."
AGRIPINA ( Агрипина ): Feminine form of Russian Agripin, meaning "wild horse."
AGRIPPA ( Агриппа ): Contracted form of Russian Agripina, meaning "wild horse." Compare with masculine Agrippa.
AGRIPPINA ( Агриппина ): Variant spelling of Russian Agripina, meaning "wild horse."
AGRIPPINE : French form of Russian Agrippina, meaning "wild horse."
AL-BORAK: Variant spelling of Arabic El-Borak, the myth name of the horse which conveyed Mahomet from earth to the seventh heaven, meaning "the lightning." She was milk-white in color, had the wings of an eagle and a human face with horse's cheeks. Every pace she took was equal to the farthest range of human sight. She is also called simply Borak.
ALCIPPE: Latin form of Greek Alkippe, meaning "mighty mare." In Greek mythology, this was the name of a daughter of Ares.
ALKIPPE ( Αλκιππη ): Greek name meaning "mighty mare." In mythology, this was the name of a daughter of Ares.
AMETHEA : Greek name meaning "no loiterer." In mythology, this is the name of one of the horses of the sun god Helios.
ARUNDEL : English form of French Hirondelle, meaning "swift as a swallow." This is the name of the horse of Bevis of Southampton.
ATALANTA : Latin form of Greek Atalante, meaning "equal in weight." In mythology, this is the name of the fleet-footed maiden who refused to marry any man who could not beat her in a foot-race.
ATALANTE ( Αταλάντη ): Greek name meaning "equal in weight." In mythology, this is the name of the fleet-footed maiden who refused to marry any man who could not beat her in a foot-race.
BABIECA : Spanish name meaning "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. But Babieca was not stupid he became a great and famous warhorse and El Cid loved him so much he requested that he be buried with him in the monastery of San Pedro de Cardena. Unfortunately, his wish was not granted instead Babieca was buried before the gate of the monastery and two elms were planted to mark the site.
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 French Agnès, meaning "chaste holy."
BORAK : Arabic name meaning "lightning." In mythology, this is the name of the horse which conveyed Mahomet from earth to the seventh heaven. She was milk-white in color, had the wings of an eagle and a human face with horse's cheeks. Every pace she took was equal to the farthest range of human sight. She is more commonly known as El-Borak or Al-Borak, meaning "the lightning."
DINOS : Greek name meaning "the marvel." In mythology, this is the name of one of the Mares of Diomed.
EL-BORAK : Arabic name meaning "the lightning." In mythology, this is the name of the horse which conveyed Mahomet from earth to the seventh heaven. She was milk-white in color, had the wings of an eagle and a human face with horse's cheeks. Every pace she took was equal to the farthest range of human sight. She is also called simply Borak.
EOWYN : Old English Tolkien invented name, meaning "horse-friend."
EPONA : Celtic name composed of the Gaulish elements epos "horse" and epa "mare," hence "horse-mare." In mythology, this is the name of a goddess of horses and fertility.
EPONINE : This is the name of the eldest daughter of the Thénardiers in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables, which is probably an equine-related name.
GRUSHA ( Груша ): Pet form of Russian Agrafena, meaning "wild horse."
HIRONDELLE : French name meaning "swift as a swallow." This is the name of the horse of Bevis of Southampton. Arundel is the English form.
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: FaпїЅrie Queene, book v. canto 8.
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32 Horse Names that Mean Big or Strong
To finish up the list of names, here are a few that mean big or strong.
- Brawny (I mean have you seen the Brawny guy!)
- Clifford (great for a chestnut horse)
- Harley (for a mare or gelding)
- Justice (for a mare or gelding)
- Marmaduke (great for a buckskin horse)
- Tex (as big as Texas)
Whether you or looking for a strong horse name or a powerful horse name, or perhaps one that fits the bill for both traits, remember that there are a variety of different ways to decide.
The name doesn’t have to be famous or historical. It can be the name of the kid from Elementary school that had the strength to stand up to bullies, a teacher that helped you with your homework or the friend with the resolve to fight through a difficult time.
Strength is something that doesn’t have to be physical. It can be mental or emotional as well. Be sure to keep that in mind when choosing a strong and powerful name!