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20 Fiery-Red Names for Chestnut Horses

Teeuwynn rode horses for decades, including her beloved Appaloosa, Aspen, and qualified at state and national levels in horse shows.

This little foal, with his white blaze, could make a fine Belenus.

This little foal, with his white blaze, could make a fine Belenus.

Red Horse Names

So you have (or are getting) a beautiful chestnut horse or pony, or perhaps you have a new foal coming into the world. How exciting! But now, you need to find a name worthy of the wonderful new creature entering your life.

Referring to their color is a good way to name a horse. If their color is reminiscent of the element of fire, there are a lot of interesting names based on fire to choose from.

One way to find fiery names is to look to other languages and mythologies. Below, you will find twenty fiery names that might inspire you in your quest.


This is a Turkish female name that means flame. It would work for any female chestnut horse but would work especially well for a brightly colored one. Although the name is feminine in Turkish, you could also choose to use it for a gelding or stallion.


This Czechoslovakian name means fire. It would work well for a chestnut mare with a blazing spirit or one who likes to run as fast as a flame. It might work especially well for an Eastern European breed of horse, like the Konik or East Bulgarian.


Belenus is a Celtic name that probably meant brilliant or bright. It could work wonderfully for a chestnut gelding or stallion with complimentary white stockings or a blaze, or for a particularly smart horse.


The Celtic goddess Brighid, or Brigit, was a goddess of poetry and fire. This name would be lovely for a mare with a poetic soul or flashy markings. This name could also work well for a mare with a particularly lush and flowing mane and tail that give her that dramatic, poetic feel.


This bright name is Latin for “fiery.” Think of naming a foal the color of a copper penny this name. You could also give this name to any horse with a brash, fiery temperament.


This famous Greek feminine name means sparkling or the fiery sun. In mythology, Electra was King Agamemnon’s daughter. Electra was also the heroine of a famous Greek tragedy by the poet Sophocles. Because of the range of meanings, this name has it could be good for a number of chestnut foals and horses.


This is the word for hot coals burning bright in the center of a fire. They are comforting and warm, keeping flames alight. However, embers can also pop and crackle and burn you if you aren’t careful, so this name might be great for a horse with a generally calm temperament but who sometimes acts out with spirit.

This lovely mare could definitely be named Ember.

This lovely mare could definitely be named Ember.


This Irish name has a fiery flair. Perfect for mare, stallion, or gelding, Etain means jealousy. This name could refer to the jealousy other people feel when they see your lovely chestnut horse or it could refer more generally to an intense love.


Latin for “fiery one,” this pretty name prances off the tongue like an eager pony. This name is great for pretty chestnut ponies and fine-bones horses or for anyone who likes a little Latin flair.


This strong Persian name represents the red flower that is the center of the flame. With such powerful imagery, Golnar is not a name for the faint at heart. This name is perfect for a strong chestnut stallion or even-tempered gelding who will never let you down.

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Hestia means hearth or fireside in Greek. In Greek mythology, Hestia was the goddess of hearth and home. This name would work nicely for a chestnut horse with a calm and stable temperament or one who prefers to stay at home.

This stall-loving horse would make a great Hestia.

This stall-loving horse would make a great Hestia.


This Hawaiian girl’s name refers to a flaming torch. Like a torch, this name works well for a chestnut mare or foal who has a bright personality or whose coat shines with good health.


From the English for “born of fire,” Kenna is a good name for many chestnut horses. If the foal has a difficult birth or is born at sunrise or sunset, this name might be even more appropriate.


This Arabian name comes simply from the word for flames. Because of its origin, the name would be particularly suitable for a chestnut Arabian horse, but this name would work well for any mare, gelding, or stallion of this coloration.

This flashy chestnut Arabian would make a perfect Niran.

This flashy chestnut Arabian would make a perfect Niran.


In Hawaii, Pele is the goddess of volcanoes and fire. She is usually quiet but has quite the temper at times. This name is great for a chestnut mare who can show some spirit or who has some flashy markings.


Greek for “of fire,” Pyralis is a classy name for a chestnut stallion or gelding or a young colt. The name has a dignity that would work well on a horse with a sound and calm temperament.


Hindi for “fire,” this interesting name could work for a chestnut horse of either gender. The name is unique and a constant reminder of the beautiful glowing coat of a chestnut horse.


This name comes from Roman mythology. Vulcan was the Roman god of fire. His strength was renowned. This name would be ideal for a chestnut gelding or stallion who has a powerful build or for a strong young colt.

Two Bonus Names!

Phoenix: This unisex name refers to the mythological firebird that periodically burns so bright it burns itself into a pile of ash only to be reborn again. This name would be great for any horse with a determined temperament or for a young chestnut foal who seems especially determined to learn to run and jump.

Roan: Roan is the speckled color where white intermixes with another solid color, sometimes chestnut. If your chestnut has some roan coloration, this could be a good name.

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kristina on June 29, 2020:

I have a chestnut ottb that I just got and I decided to name Pheonix.

Evelyn fahey on March 26, 2020:

i have a skewbald chesnut pony her name is belle cute :p

Karen on February 05, 2020:

Would renegade be a good name foe a stubborn Arabian?

Caykee on January 03, 2020:

My is butter

Robert Moore on December 15, 2019:

I have a Tapit colt,mates name is Sunny

Redskin nation on October 14, 2019:

I have a palomino mare and likes to be the boss of everything what could be a name that suit her

Julia on September 22, 2019:

For a red chestnut gelding What is the best name for him. He is very fast and likes to be the best horse in every event. I just don’t have the right name for him.

Kylie on September 09, 2019:

I have a pure black paint quarter horse mare and she can have a bad temper and her name is could that be a good fit for her

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on September 06, 2019:

Nice name! If you just want a nickname based on nis name, Kai (kAI) is the obvious choice. Kaine means spear or battle, so choosing a warlike name like Spear or something fiery like Sulfer.

Kylie on August 29, 2019:

Hi I hav a chestnut Arabian and his name is kaine do you have any good nicknames for that?

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on July 30, 2019:

Thanks and good catch!

Horse kid on July 29, 2019:

Hi! Some great names and backgrounds recommended here! This article is great however i’ve noticed on the name “Ember” with a picture you’ve commented that “this mare will make a great Ember”, but the horse in the picture is a gelding (there is a large baby maker by the horses leg, lol)

Sophia Sommer on April 22, 2019:

I think a good horse name would be red or buddy. THat name would be good for a dark chesnut and buddy would be good for a good tempered horse that is friensdly

Savannah on March 18, 2019:

I used this name for my chestnut!

HorseCrazy on October 14, 2018:

Mine is named Sugar

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on September 13, 2018:

I think that's one reason I like names with meaning. They are a talking point and really stand out.

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on September 13, 2018:

Zelda is a great name. It's got a lot of panache!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 13, 2018:

Some great names here. I imagine the name you choose would be a talking point if quirky and unusual. Wonder how many will just go for Red or Ginger?


Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on September 13, 2018:

Great list! I love a red mare! Mine was named Zelda.

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