Chinese checkers for squares
Halma was invented by Dr. George Howard Monks, a Harvard Medical School surgeon, during 1883 and 1884. Interestingly, Robert Monks, George's brother, had visited England during this period and had written to George describing a British game called Hoppity. Although almost nothing is known about it now, Hoppity may have influenced or even inspired G. H. Monks' game.
Teacher, mathematician and preacher Dr. Thomas Hill (also president of Harvard College between 1862 and 1868, and Robert Monks' father in law) helped to perfect the game and named it Halma which means "jump" in Greek.
Halma was first published in America in 1885 by E.I. Horsman Company ("The Halma Company").
Note that Halma was the inspiration for a more well known variant that has survived the test of time: Chinese Checkers (which, of course, is neither Chinese or checkers –it's Halma!).