French Horse Names

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French is a very romantic language, and any name that you choose for your horse will always sound better in French. Okay, well maybe just kidding there, but French names definitely sound sexy and sophisticated rolling off the tongue.

Names Based on Food and Drink

In France, the cuisine is sweet, savory, buttery, and chocolate-filled. Try one of these delectable names best suited for a horse:

  1. Flan: a caramel, custard type of desert, a perfect name for a lightly colored brown or golden horse
  2. Bonbon: any little sweet, dipped and covered in chocolate
  3. Café Au Lait: coffee with hot milk added
  4. Madeleine: a mini yellow cake
  5. Petit Noir: French slang for espresso
  6. Croissant: flakey, buttery pastry
  7. Truffle: either a black mushroom or a chocolate candy
  8. Soufflé: fluffy, rich dessert with an egg white base
  9. Ratatouille: vegetable dish
  10. Mousse: pastry cream
  11. Éclair: yellow dough pastry topped off with icing
  12. Profiterole: cream puff dessert
  13. Meringue: white or pale yellow egg and sugar pie topping, cute for a white horse
  14. Crème Brûlée: burnt sugar dessert
  15. Ganache: a dark chocolate icing, great for a darker colored horse
  16. Baguette: long and narrow French bread, lightly crisped
  17. Quiche Lorraine: open cheese pastry type meal
  18. Merlot: darker colored grape used for wine making
  19. Cabernet: the prefix for many different types of wines
  20. Sauvignon: often referred to a white grape for wine making, perfect name for a Palomino horse

Names Based on Color

It's always a great idea to name your horse after the color of its coat or breed type. Of course the English names for colors often seem bland. However, translate these names into French and voilà! These traditional color based names sound that much better:

  1. beautiful horses
    Rouge: red
  2. Noir: black
  3. D'or: golden
  4. Crème: pale yellow
  5. Blanc: white

Uniquely French Names

There are many other words that sound great in French. Below is a compilation of some fantastically French words, phrases, and actual names that are music to the ears:

  1. Crème de la Crème: the best of the best
  2. Belle: beautiful
  3. Beau: handsome
  4. Bisou: kiss
  5. Chérie: sweetheart
  6. Mademoiselle: Ms. or miss. You can add this in front of another word to give your name a certain je ne sais quoi.
  7. Amour: love
  8. Estelle: star
  9. Parfait: perfect
  10. François: translates to the English name Francis (male)
  11. Claudette: a beautiful French name for a girl
  12. Antoinette: a lovely name for a girl horse
  13. Jacques: name for a male horse
  14. Giselle
  15. Clemence
  16. Chloé

Famously French

It's a fun idea to name your horse after a French person or place you admire. Some superior suggestions are:

  1. Close-Up Of A Horse
    Henri Matisse: the world renowned French painter
  2. Coco Chanel: the famous French fashion designer
  3. Yves Saint Laurent: male fashion designer, a.k.a YSL
  4. Napoleon: the once emperor of France
  5. Louis Vuitton: French fashion designer most noted for his monogrammed handbags still popular today, great name for a brown spotted horse
  6. Monet: as in Claude Monet the famous painter
  7. Brigitte Bardot: French actress and model. Because she was blonde, this name is perfect for a Palomino horse.
  8. Marie Antoinette: former Queen of France
  9. Givenchy: male fashion designer
  10. Versailles: formerly a royal château, now open to the public as a museum
  11. Bordeaux: city in France know for its wine
  12. Dom Pérignon: famous monk best known for his superior champagne, great name for a showhorse

Funny French

Sometimes you just want to make others laugh. Below are some cheeky names for your French horse:

  1. Black horse
    French Fry
  2. French Toast
  3. Frenchie
  4. Pepé Le Pew + Penelope: Two names that you can name your horses, should you have more than one. These are cute and funny names from the silly skunk cartoon.

Narrowing it Down

Decisions, decisions. When it comes to the actual act of choosing a name for your horse, you may feel overwhelmed with options. Here are some tips to help you through the process:

  • Do you just like the way a certain name sounds, or do you like the actual meaning behind the name? Don't pick a name without knowing and liking its meaning.
  • Is it easy for you to pronounce? If it is, that's always a good indicator.
  • Fancy or funny, decide what type of name goes with your horse based on its character and personality.

Thoughtful Consideration

Whether you want to go the edgy or elegant route, make sure that you like hearing the name out loud. Your horse will be a companion for many years to come, so put careful thought into the name you choose.

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French Horse Names