So, how did pickleball get its name? This sport very similar to badminton, draws a lot of attention because of its name.
Pickleball is played using hard paddles and a perforated, plastic ball much like a waffle ball. Pickleball was invented in Washington in 1965, by two men, US Congressman Joel Pritchard and businessman Bill Bell. Returning from golf one afternoon, Pritchard and Bell found their families complaining of boredom. In an effort to combat their collective families' boredom, Pritchard and Bell set out to create a new game. Thus, the answer to the question, "how did pickleball get its name?" is revealed. In Pritchard's backyard Pritchard and Bell modified the game of badminton to suit the haphazard collection of badminton equipment that Pritchard had. As Pritchard and Bell were playing their new game with their families, Pritchard's dog Pickles would chase after the balls and hide them in bushes. The name of the game became "Pickles' Ball" which was then combined to become "pickleball."
The name pickleball stuck with the game even as Pritchard and Bell along with their friend Barney McCallum developed official rules and made pickleball into a sport.