100+ Paint Horse Names as Distinctive as Your Horse

Published March 31, 2021
Three wild paint horses kick up dust as they gallop freely

Paint horse names give you plenty of choices for a truly unique moniker. Paint horse names offer you the opportunity to be creative in selecting the perfect name.

Native American Paint Horse Names for Males and Females

The Native Americans loved the Paint ponies introduced into the Americas by the Spanish. The Native American culture thrived with the introduction of horses. The horses enabled them to hunt the buffalo more efficiently and to travel greater distances in their hunts. When the English settlers came to America, they brought Thoroughbreds that eventually bred with the Painted ponies breed, and this mixed breed morphed into the American Paint Horses of today. You may find it appropriate to choose a Native American name for your Paint horse.

  • Adsila (Ad-si-la) - blossom (Cherokee)
  • Ahawi (A-ha-wi) - deer (Cherokee)
  • Chepi (Ch-eh-pee) - fairy (Algonquin)
  • Hinto (HHIY-NTow) - blue (Dakota)
  • Kahe (Kah-Hey) - wildcat (Cherokee)
  • Kimana (Kih-MAANAH) - butterfly (Shoshone)
  • Koko (Ko-Ko) - night (Blackfoot)
  • Macha (Mæ-chuh) - aurora (Sioux)
  • Maka (Mah-kah) - Earth (Sioux)
  • Miki (ME key) - little (Inuit)
  • Oginalii (Oh-gun-ALL-ee) - my friend (Cherokee)
  • Pakwa (PAH-kwah) - frog (Hopi)
  • Panola (Pa-no-la, Pan-ola) - cotton (Choctaw)
  • Sawni (Saw-nee) - echo (Seminole)
  • Tadita (Taa-DIY-Taa) - one who runs (Omaha)
  • Takala (Ta-ka-la, atk-ala) - corn tassel (Hopi)
  • Usdi Wahya (ooh-s-di Wah-yah) -little wolf or baby wolf (Cherokee)
  • Wakshi (Wah-shee) - fox (Potawatomi)
  • Wapun (Wah-puhn) - dawn (Potawatomi)
  • Wichahp (Wee-chahh-pee) - star (Sioux)
Galloping American Paint horse in snow

Medicine Hat Paint Horse Names

Native Americans believed the Paint horses known to have Medicine Hat markings embodied certain magical elements or powers. These horses were mostly white except for distinct colored markings of brown and/or black that appeared on the horse's head and/or ears, appearing as though the horse wore a hat (medicine hat). Some Medicine Hat Painted horses also boasted a shield on their chests. It was believed that the shield further imbued the horses with magical powers or attributes that would protect the owner/rider.

A few appropriate names for a medicine hat Paint horses include:

  • Ama (Ah-mah) - water (Cherokee)
  • Arawak (ăr'ə-wäk) - spirit (Tupi)
  • Bidziil (Bid-zee-ill)- he who is strong (Navajo)
  • Catori (Kae-taw-ree) - spirit (Hopi)
  • Enyeto (Eh-nyeh-tow)- walks like a bear (Miwok)
  • Ituha (iy-tuh-hhaa) - sturdy oak (Kai)
  • Kitchi (Kit-chee) - brave (Algonquin)
  • Liwanu (Liy-WAA-nuw) - growling bear (Miwok)
  • Pinooh (Pin-noo) - carry on the back (Shoshone)
  • Tenooh (Tin-nooh) - to carry (Shoshone)

Brown Unisex Paint Horse Names

If you have a brown paint horse, you may find the color brown is a great source for potential names. You may consider some of the names for brown foods and other items potential choices for your brown paint horse's name.

  • Almond
  • Brownie
  • Buttercream
  • Buttermilk
  • Butterscotch
  • Caramel
  • Carob
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee
  • Copper
  • Espresso
  • Freckles
  • Fudge
  • Gingerbread
  • Ivory
  • Mocha
  • Peanut
  • Penny
  • Pinto
  • Taco
  • Tanny
  • Tawny
  • Toffee
  • Tortilla
A Paint Horse with Flowing Tail

Black Paint Horse Names

Black Paint horses are a sharp contrast of white with black markings. You can select the best name for your horse, depending on the extent of the black markings or perhaps the shape of one of the markings. Dividing the names into a list for males and one for females can help you narrow your choices. However, some names may fit either sex, so don't be shy about choosing a name you truly love.

Male black Paint horse names include:

  • Ace of spades
  • Blackbird
  • Black Gold
  • Black Jack
  • Black Tie
  • Blackout
  • Crow
  • Dark Angel
  • Darkness
  • Midnight
  • Nero
  • Night
  • Panther
  • Prince
  • Shadow
  • Slick
  • Smokey
  • Sooty
  • Spooky
  • Stormy

Female black Paint horse names include:

  • Beauty
  • Black Diamond
  • Black Pearl
  • Black Widow
  • Ebony
  • French Silk
  • Jett
  • Maggie
  • Magpie
  • Moon Pie
  • Morticia
  • Noir
  • Nyx
  • Onyx
  • Queen of clubs
  • Queen of spades
  • Raven
  • Sable
  • Starling
  • Velvet

Just for Fun Paint Horse Names

You may find cute Paint horse names that are simply fun names are the way to go for your Paint horse's name. You may decide that a board game name best suits your intelligent companion.

  • Backgammon
  • Bandit
  • Black Magic
  • Brown Betty
  • Checkers
  • Nyx
  • Oil Rig
  • Oreo
  • Reversi
  • Rocky Raccoon
  • Seal
  • Splatter
Paint horse stallion

Paint Horse Names for Your Equine Pal

Choosing the right name for your Paint horse may challenge you to choose a name that represents your horse's color. However, you may decide that a Native American name pays a nice tribute to the history of the Paint horse breed and your steed.

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100+ Paint Horse Names as Distinctive as Your Horse