Croquet has been traced back to the 1300's.
It originated in France where it was called "paille-maille" (ball-mallet).
In 1604 the crowns of Scotland and England became united under James VI of Scotland
soon to be known as James I of England where he introduced the game.
James' grandson Charles II often played the game in St. James Park
where "paille-maille" gave its name to a nearby boulevard now famously known as "Pall Mall".
In France the game developed under the name "Croquet" after the crooked stick used to hit balls through "wickets".
After migrating to Ireland the game became known as "Crooky".
For further information see: http://www.toycrossing.com/croquet/history.shtml