Roan horses have a precise coat color pattern with an even mixture of white and colored hairs on the body. The head, pointy legs, mane, and tail, however, have solid colors.
Roan horses are beautiful and rare hence deserve a good name. Examples include Azul, Caeso, Stormy, Gretta, Heather, Gin, Sterling, Ash, Saturn, Xena, Ring of Fire, among other names.
Keep reading as we explore different roan horse names for all its three colors, Red/ Strawberry, Blue, and gray. More ideas for bay roan horses are also included.
Blue Roan Horse Names
Blue roan horses have a dark underlying coat that’s bluish with a blue-gray cast and a blackish background. It has a 50/ 50 mix of black and white hairs with white hairs present on the head, mane, tail, and lower limbs, the background color must be black.
Great names you can use for your blue roan include;
Aohito / Aoi / Aoichi
All three names are from a Japanese descent to mean blue or blue blood or blue person
An Arabic term to mean “blue”. You could also use the Spanish term for blue which is also similar. It’s Azul.
This is a very cliche term but rather popular. It’s often used to refer to blue roans with a deep blue undertone.
In Latin, the term caeso was used to define a blueish gray undertone. Would be great to use for a blue roan. Use it to also create a show name for your horse.
From Greek mythology, Cyannipus is a dark blue colored horse with a dominating personality, agile and fast in its works.
This is Irish for “blue”
This is a semi-precious stone just like rubies and emerald used to mean a gift. You can name your precious blue roan horse lapis.
Another common name used with blue roan horses. The appearance of steel is blue-gray, steel is strong and reliable, just like the roan horses.
By definition, teal is a blue-green English term. Can be used with alternatives like Teel, Teele, or Teale.
The name means calm and bright. Peaceful and traditional but it’s very common and often used with girls.
- Ace / Acer
- Blue Shadow / Blue Storm
- Breeze / Breezy
- Sky Phantom
Red (Strawberry Roan / Chestnut) Roan Horse Names
Red roans have also been known as chestnut and strawberry roans as they exhibit dark brown as sometimes the red/ pinkish gene. However, in 1999, the American paint horse association defined the roans with a chestnut background as red roans and bay roans as horses with a bay background.
Furthermore, in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association followed suit and defined strawberry roans to have a pinkish color of a light chestnut or sorrel roan.
This is a Hebrew male term to mean red or earthy. Red roans have a red to pink appearance. This name would be perfect. Alternatives to the name are Adamo and Adem.
This is an Irish name from the Gaelic word Clance – a red-headed warrior. It defines fiery, hot, and strong. A little funky and quirky and would be the best name for your red roan
You know the Hawaiian Punch is bright pink, sweet, and would be a great name for a sweet tempted horse as the red roan.
A sweet girlish name that’s full of zeal and happiness. It’s also Latin for red flowers that are seen sitting in the open fields with flowers popping everywhere. It’s a good name for a happy horse.
The Rowan tree is known to have red berries. That’s where the Scottish term Rowan first originated. It means red one or red-haired and has a unique taste to it.
The list would be incomplete without the red rose we all know and love. Roses as much as lilies, Jasmine, Iris among other flowers are the most popular flowers we know. They’re beautiful and express love. So does our next name choice.
An old-fashioned red gemstone that was connected to love and strong feelings of affection. In the Hindu community, ruby was the king of precious stones, but it was mostly used with females more than males.
An endearing red roan with the name Scarlett sure does show off their fierceness and determination. They’re bold and partake in many things as would a roan horse taking part in competitions and dressage disciplines.
Whether you mean the fish or just another drink, the snapper is red, feisty, and could be a good name for your horse.
This is a hot and spicy sauce used to marinate just about anything from salad dressings to meats. The name would be great for an attractive roan with beautiful red spots.
- Kool-Aid / Kooly
- Pomtini / Tini
Grey Roan Horse Names
Gray roans is yet another popular horse coat color found in almost all breeds, not just the roan.
While other gray horse breeds lighten with age, roans do not. Defining characteristic of the gray breeds is their gray coat that lightens as time progresses and loses its color again as they age. And just like the Appaloosa, a gray foal may not show its gray coat at birth but later in life.
Many gray roans have a white to gray original coat with unchanged skin and eye color. White hairs may be seen around the muzzle and eyes. The gray roans are more roan-looking after years of graying out, however, this doesn’t make them any less of a roan.
Common names for the gray roans include;
In Welsh, the name means silver, a brighter version of ashy gray. It has multiple variations from the Greek Arion, Arianna. Eirian, Arianelle, Aria, among others.
Ash / Ashley
This is an old English term to mean Grey or the remnants ofcoal. The girl’s name can have different variations including Ashe, Ashly, Ashlyn, Ashleigh, Ashlea, Ashton, Asher, and Ashlee.
The name is from a small planet between Mars and Jupiter covered with ice and rock. A great unisex name for your roan particularly one with a grey, silver, or ashy background. Color.
The Dove bird as we all know is warm gray with a soft white also cream appearance. It’s calm and collected and peaceful. The name is unisex with variations like Duv and Dova.
When the horse begins to get an ashy-grey background color, the name dusty would be suited as you can’t tell the final color of the horse once it’s matured.
In Japanese, gin means ashy or one with white to silver hairs. It’s been used in many pets including horses. Alternative names include Jyn, Gina, and Gini.
A unisex name that just fits any gray horse, in this case, the gray roan.
A female name that means gray flecks. The name also means bright and attractive as a flower. Some would use the name Heath or Hether to mean the same thing.
The name has a mystery to it. Gray roans haven’t been defined as the blue and red roans have, they are seen to be unique and mystical, the name Misty would be a great fit.
A shimmering unisex name meaning “of the highest quality.” The name has been used by many famous personalities and pets as well. For that great gray roan you have, the name Sterling would be a great fit.
- Desert Rose
Other Names for Roan Horses
Roan horses aren’t just these three above, they could be bay with a bay/ dark chestnut background color, lilac roans with a dark chestnut appearance as well, honey roans, palominos, and light sorrels. They could also have a solid roan pattern and sometimes, their coat could just change over time, hence the name roan which translates to “always changing color.”
Other great roan names include;
- Balance Essence
- Burning Iron
- Dark Star
- Echo Of Power
- Ether Dancer
- Fiery Blast
- Fireball Barrage
- Flame Breath
- Focused Mind
- Frost Blast
- Frozen Touch
- Fuel To The Fire
- Gloom and Darkness
- Heart Of Fire
- Iron Breaker
- Magical Infusion
- Phoenix Rising
- Pit Of Shades
- Rain Of Fire
- Reckless Gambit
- Scatter The Winds
- Scorched Earth
- Shadow Dancer
- Smoke Screen
- Unleashed Winds
- Whispering Wind
- Wings of Heaven
- Withering Heat