Why the Name of the Game is Badminton

05 December, 2017

A mystery remains over an important part of badminton’s origins. It is widely known that an English aristocrat’s house became the name of the world’s fastest racket sport, and that some of the earliest and most basic forms of the game were played in his Gloucestershire mansion. However is that really where hitting a shuttlecock over a net or string first happened? This significant change may actually have occurred in India, from whence it triggered the game’s explosion of popularity during the later 19th century. If it did indeed begin here, then the game may have been taken to England from India rather than the other way round.