There are so many fabulous grey horse names that it’s a shame more people don’t have many opportunities to name grey horses!
But if you have been tasked with this important honor, we have over 160 suggestions to inspire you.
Whether you want something cute, unusual, or something inspired by gray things in nature!
Best Grey Horse Names
Starting with these, 25 of the best grey horse names for 2021:
Choosing Names for Grey Horses
Many horse breeds can have grey coats.
Gray coats are possible in the Arabian horse breed. Which means many of the popular horse breeds today which are descended from the Arabian can also be grey. Including Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses.
Lippizaners and Andalusian horses are very frequently grey, as are Percherons.
But for some horses, being grey is just a phase. Lippizaners in particular are sometimes born very dark grey, and gradually fade over their lifetime until they are nearly white.
While creating a shortlist of the best grey horse names for your steed, have a think about whether you’d like a name which plays on their color, or works even if their color fades.
In our next list we’ve taken a literal approach to naming gray horses, by rounding up cool names of other grey things.
Grey Horse Names Inspired By Gray Things
Naming a grey horse after something else that’s grey may sound cheesy.
But it can also be cute, surprising, offbeat and witty.
These names for gray horses are also awesome because they’re all unisex (not that a female horse would notice or mind if you gave her a traditionally male name anyway!)
Female Grey Horse Names
Grey fillies and mares deserve extra special names to capture their beauty.
And we’re not just saying that because we think all horses deserve extra special names for some reason. (Ok, we are.)
Here are some of the best traditionally female names to suit grey horses. Lots of them are inspired by famous silver-haired women!
Male Grey Horse Names
What about the stallions?
We’ve got them covered too, with this next list.
‘People’ names like these are a popular choice for horses because they cement their status as equal members of our family (albeit ones who aren’t allowed on the couch).
Famous Grey Horse Names
Recycling famous animals names for pets is a divisive topic.
Lots of horse owners want to choose a name which is (relatively at least) unique to their horse.
But kids especially love to name animals after famous versions of animals, to forge a connection with something they love, and bring it to life.
Here are some of the best famous horse names for grey horses.
(Full disclosure: some of these horses are only grey if you squint at them in a gloomy room, and one of them is actually a donkey. Kids don’t worry about these kinds of details.)
- Frou Frou
Unusual Grey Horse Names
Horses live for 25 to 30 years, so getting the opportunity to name even one in our lifetime is a privilege!
Which is why some people like to make the most of it by picking a unique or unusual name, which will be admired and remembered by everyone their horse meets.
Here are some examples
Gray Horse Facts
All grey horses owe their coat color to one single ancestor with a rogue genetic mutation, who lived around 2,000 years ago. Since then, much of the spread of grey coloring through the horse population has been achieved by human breeding choices.
Gray horses have black skin.
Some white horses are also technically gray horses, if they also have black skin. The remaining pigment in their hair is just incredibly diluted.
Dapple grey horses (like the one the photos for this article) are regarded as particularly beautiful and desirable. But dappling is not a permanent pattern – it is an intermediary stage in color fading, which will also eventually fade away.
Gray horses never really learn their names as such. They become familiar with the tone of your voice, and roughly the sound you’re making, together with any non-verbal cues you make, and learn to respond as if they do know their name.
But that also means they’ll never judge you or feel embarrassed by the name you choose, so have fun, and pick something you really love!
Have You Picked A Name For Your Gray Horse?
Which one did you go for?
We’d love to hear more about your grey horse, and why they suit their name so well, in the comments box down below!