Games using shuttlecocks have been in play for centuries now across Eurasia. Still, the latest set of badminton arose in the mid 19th century amongst the British as a type of the earlier game of shuttlecock and battledore. Its actual origin remains incomprehensible. The name comes from the Duke of Beaufort's Badminton House in Gloucestershire, but when or why remains uncertain. As early as in 1860, a toy dealer based off of London named Isaac Spratt issued a brochure titled Badminton Battledore- A New Game, but no replica is known to have lasted. An article in 1863 in The Cornhill Magazine explains badminton as "battledore and shuttlecock played with sides, across a string suspended some five feet from the ground."



The game might have at first developed amongst emigrant officers in British India, where it was extremely in style by the 1870s. Ball badminton, a form of the game played with a ball made of wool as an alternative of shuttlecock, was being played in Thanjavur as early as the 1850s and was initially played identical with badminton by the British, the ball made out of wool being favored in wet or windy weather.

In the beginning, the game was also known as Poonah or Poona after the barracks town of Poonah, where it was predominantly famous and where the fundamental rules for the game were drafted in 1873. By the year 1875, officers coming back home had begun a badminton club in Folkestone. In the beginning, the sport was played along with sides varying from one to four players, but it was fast recognized that games between 2 or 4 players worked the best. The shuttles were covered with Indian rubber and, an outdoor sport, at times weighed with lead. Even though the profundity of the net was of no significance, it was favored that it should reach the land.

The game was played under the rules of Pune until the year 1887 when J. H. E. Hart of the Bath Badminton Club put together amended regulations. In the year 1890, Bagnell Wild and Hart once again modified the rules. The BAE (Badminton Association of England) issued these rules in the year 1893 and formally started the sport at a house named "Dunbar" in Portsmouth on 13th September. The BAE began the first badminton competition, the All England Open Badminton Championships for mixed doubles, ladies' doubles and gentlemen's double in the year 1899. Singles competitions were put together in the year 1900, and an England-Ireland championship match came into view in the year 1904.

New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Denmark, Canada, Wales, Scotland, and England were the creators of the International Badminton Federation in 1934, now recognized as the Badminton World Federation. India came in as an associate in the year 1936. The BWF now rules international badminton. Though started in England, spirited men's badminton has conventionally been ruled in Europe by Denmark. Globally, Asian countries have become leading in international contests. Japan, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Denmark, and China are the countries that have time after time created first-rated players in the last few decades, with China being the maximum force in women's and men's competition recently.