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:
- Flan: a caramel, custard type of desert, a perfect name for a lightly colored brown or golden horse
- Bonbon: any little sweet, dipped and covered in chocolate
- Café Au Lait: coffee with hot milk added
- Madeleine: a mini yellow cake
- Petit Noir: French slang for espresso
- Croissant: flakey, buttery pastry
- Truffle: either a black mushroom or a chocolate candy
- Soufflé: fluffy, rich dessert with an egg white base
- Ratatouille: vegetable dish
- Mousse: pastry cream
- Éclair: yellow dough pastry topped off with icing
- Profiterole: cream puff dessert
- Meringue: white or pale yellow egg and sugar pie topping, cute for a white horse
- Crème Brûlée: burnt sugar dessert
- Ganache: a dark chocolate icing, great for a darker colored horse
- Baguette: long and narrow French bread, lightly crisped
- Quiche Lorraine: open cheese pastry type meal
- Merlot: darker colored grape used for wine making
- Cabernet: the prefix for many different types of wines
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:
- Noir: black
- D'or: golden
- Crème: pale yellow
- 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:
- Crème de la Crème: the best of the best
- Belle: beautiful
- Beau: handsome
- Bisou: kiss
- Chérie: sweetheart
- Mademoiselle: Ms. or miss. You can add this in front of another word to give your name a certain je ne sais quoi.
- Amour: love
- Estelle: star
- Parfait: perfect
- François: translates to the English name Francis (male)
- Claudette: a beautiful French name for a girl
- Antoinette: a lovely name for a girl horse
- Jacques: name for a male horse
It's a fun idea to name your horse after a French person or place you admire. Some superior suggestions are:
- Coco Chanel: the famous French fashion designer
- Yves Saint Laurent: male fashion designer, a.k.a YSL
- Napoleon: the once emperor of France
- Louis Vuitton: French fashion designer most noted for his monogrammed handbags still popular today, great name for a brown spotted horse
- Monet: as in Claude Monet the famous painter
- Brigitte Bardot: French actress and model. Because she was blonde, this name is perfect for a Palomino horse.
- Marie Antoinette: former Queen of France
- Givenchy: male fashion designer
- Versailles: formerly a royal château, now open to the public as a museum
- Bordeaux: city in France know for its wine
- Dom Pérignon: famous monk best known for his superior champagne, great name for a showhorse
Sometimes you just want to make others laugh. Below are some cheeky names for your French horse:
- French Toast
- 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.
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.