FACT: Wrong on both counts. Firstly the game is from Germany and was first created in 1892. Secondly the game is not a variation of ‘Checkers’ it is actually based on the old American game Halma.
The original name-of-the-game was Stern-Halma which translates to ‘Star-Halma.’ Star of course referring to the shape of the board.
The dastardly practice of calling it ‘Chinese Checkers’ was a marketing scheme devised by the American marketing duo, Jack Pressman and his brother Bill, both of whom decided the name was suitable as the game was to be marketed to Chinese-speaking regions by the Japanese.