Badminton has a rich history in the United States. The first badminton club in this country, the Badminton Club of New York, was formed in 1878 and became a weekend meeting place for New York's society leaders. Badminton's popularity boomed in the 1930s as educational institutions, YMCAs, and hundreds of newly formed clubs offered badminton instruction. Also spurring the sport's popularity in the 1930s was the avid play by several Hollywood personalities including James Cagney, Bette Davis, Boris Karloff, Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Joan Crawford, and Douglas Fairbanks.

The American Badminton Association was organized in 1936  ( it later changed to USBA in 1978, and then USA Badminton in 1996) when Donald Wilbur, Robert McMillan, and twins Donald and Phillip Richardson, all of Brookline, Massachusetts, decided to unite the nation's various badminton groups. Programs from New York, Massachusetts, Chicago, and the West Coast came together to form one voice and standardized the rules and regulations of the game. The ABA held its first National Championships in 1937, and became a member of the International Badminton Federation (IBF) in 1938 and was world runner-up during this period.

The year 1949 brought the United States its first world champions as David Freeman of Pasadena, California, won men's singles at the prestigious All-England Championships (considered the unofficial world championships until 1977 when World Championships were instituted). Americans Clinton and Patsy Stevens won the All-England mixed doubles title the same year.

The United States' international success continued and between 1949 and 1967, the United States won 23 world individual championships (one men's singles, 12 women's singles, one men's doubles, eight women's doubles, and one mixed doubles) and three women's world team championships. The U.S. men's team was also world runner-up during this period. Sports Illustrated acknowledged the United States' badminton success by featuring top male player Joe Alston on the cover of its March 7, 1955 issue.

The number of U.S. clubs declined slightly in the 1970s; however, high school and collegiate play expanded. This period also saw the introduction of lighter metal rackets, which replaced wooden rackets.

History of the U.S. National Championships

*1953-1969, 1973 were played as U.S. Open Championships, which was open to all international competition

Year Men's singles Women's singles Men's doubles Women's doubles Mixed doubles
1937 Walter R. Kramer Bertha Barkhuff Don Eversoll Bertha Barkhuff Hamilton B. Law
Chester Goss Zoe Smith Bertha Barkhuff
1938 Walter R. Kramer Bertha Barkhuff Hamilton B. Law Helen Gibson Hamilton B. Law
Richard O. Yeager Wanda Bergman Bertha Barkhuff
1939 David G. Freeman Mary E. Whittemore Hamilton B. Law Bertha Barkhuff Richard O. Yeager
Richard O. Yeager Zoe Smith Zoe Smith
1940 David G. Freeman Evelyn Boldrick David G. Freeman Elizabeth Anselm David G. Freeman
Chester Goss Helen Zabriski Ough Sara Lee Williams
1941 David G. Freeman Thelma Kingsbury David G. Freeman Thelma Kingsbury David G. Freeman
Chester Goss Janet Wright Sara Lee Williams
1942 David G. Freeman Evelyn Boldrick David G. Freeman Evelyn Boldrick David G. Freeman
Chester Goss Janet Wright Sara Lee Williams
1943 – 1946 No competition
1947 David G. Freeman Ethel Marshall David G. Freeman Thelma Kingsbury Wynn Rogers
Webster Kimball Janet Wright Virginia Hill
1948 David G. Freeman Ethel Marshall David G. Freeman Thelma Scovil Clint Stephens
Wynn Rogers Janet Wright Patricia Stephens
1949 Marten Mendez Ethel Marshall Barney McCay Thelma Scovil Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Janet Wright Loma Moulton Smith
1950 Marten Mendez Ethel Marshall Barney McCay Thelma Scovil Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Janet Wright Loma Moulton Smith
1951 Joseph Cameron Alston Ethel Marshall Joe Alston Dorothy Hann Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Loma Moulton Smith Loma Moulton Smith
1952 Marten Mendez Ethel Marshall Joe Alston Ethel Marshall Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Beatrice Massman Helen Tibbetts
1953 David G. Freeman Ethel Marshall Joe Alston Judy Devlin Joe Alston
Wynn Rogers Sue Devlin Lois Alston
*1954 Eddy B. Choong Judy Devlin Ooi Teik Hock Judy Devlin Joe Alston
Ong Poh Lim Sue Devlin Lois Alston
*1955 Joe Alston Margaret Varner Joe Alston Judy Devlin Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Sue Devlin Dorothy Hann
*1956 Finn Kobbero Judy Devlin Finn Kobbero Ethel Marshall Finn Kobbero
Jorgen Hammergaard Hansen Beatrice Massman Judy Devlin
*1957 Finn Kobbero Judy Devlin Finn Kobbero Judy Devlin Finn Kobbero
Jorgen Hammergaard Hansen Sue Devlin Judy Devlin
*1958 Jim Poole Judy Devlin Finn Kobbero Judy Devlin Finn Kobbero
Jorgen Hammergaard Hansen Sue Devlin Judy Devlin
*1959 Tan Joe Hok Judy Devlin Teh Kew San Judy Devlin Michael Roche
Lim Say Hup Sue Devlin Judy Devlin
*1960 Tan Joe Hok Judy Devlin Finn Kobbero Judy Devlin Hashman Finn Kobbero
Charoen Wattanasin Sue Devlin Peard Margaret Varner
*1961 Jim Poole Judy Devlin Joe Alston Judy Devlin Hashman Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Sue Devlin Peard Judy Devlin Hashman
*1962 Ferry Sonneville Judy Devlin Joe Alston Judy Hashman Wynn Rogers
Wynn Rogers Patsy Stephens Judy Hashman
*1963 Erland Kops Judy Devlin Erland Kops Judy Hashman Sangob Rattanusorn
Bob McCoig Susan Peard Margaret Barrand
*1964 Channarong Ratanaseangsuang Dorothy O'Neil Joe Alston Tyna Barinaga Channarong Ratanaseangsuang
Wynn Rogers Caroline Jensen Margaret Barrand
*1965 Erland Kops Judy Devlin Bob McCoig Margaret Barrand Bob McCoig
Tony Jordan Jennifer Pritchard Margaret Barrand
*1966 Tan Aik Huang Judy Devlin Ng Boon Bee Judy Hashman Wayne MacDonnell
Tan Yee Khan Susan Peard Tyna Barinaga
*1967 Erland Kops Judy Devlin Erland Kops Judy Hashman Jim Sydie
Joe Alston Rosine Jones Lemon Judy Hashman
*1968 Channarong Ratanaseangsuang Tyna Barinaga Jim Poole Tyna Barinaga Larry Saben
Don Paup Helen Tibbetts Carlene Starkey
*1969 Rudy Hartono Minarni Ng Boon Bee Minarni Erland Kops
Punch Gunalan Retno Kustijah Pernille Molgaard Hansen
1970 Stan Hales Tyna Barinaga Don Paup Tyna Barinaga Jim Poole
Jim Poole Caroline Hein Tyna Barinaga
1971 Stan Hales Diane Hales Don Paup Caroline Hein Don Paup
Jim Poole Carlene Starkey Helen Tibbetts
1972 Chris Kinard Pam Brady Don Paup P. Bretzke Thomas Carmichael Sr.
Jim Poole Pam Brady Pam Brady
*1973 Sture Johnsson Eva Twedberg Jim Poole Pam Brady Sture Johnsson
Don Paup Diane Hales Eva Twedberg
1974 Chris Kinard Cindy Baker Don Paup Pam Brady Mike Walker
Jim Poole Diane Hales Judianne Kelly
1975 Mike Adams Judianne Kelly Don Paup Diane Hales Mike Walker
Jim Poole Carlene Starkey Judianne Kelly
1976 Chris Kinard Pam Brady Don Paup Pam Brady Mike Walker
Bruce Pontow Rosine Lemon Judianne Kelly
1977 Chris Kinard Pam Brady Jim Poole Diana Osterhues Bruce Pontow
Mike Walker Janet Wilts Pam Brady
1978 Mike Walker Cheryl Carton John Britton Diana Osterhues Bruce Pontow
Charles Coakley Janet Wilts Pam Brady
1979 Chris Kinard Pam Brady Jim Poole Pam Brady Mike Walker
Mike Walker Judianne Kelly Judianne Kelly
1980 Gary Higgins Cheryl Carton Matt Fogarty Pam Brady Mike Walker
Mike Walker Judianne Kelly Judianne Kelly
1981 Chris Kinard Utami Kinard John Britton Pam Brady Danny Brady
Gary Higgins Judianne Kelly Pam Brady
1982 Gary Higgins Cheryl Carton Don Paup Pam Brady Danny Brady
Bruce Pontow Judianne Kelly Pam Brady
1983 Rodney Barton Cheryl Carton John Britton Pam Brady Mike Walker
Gary Higgins Judianne Kelly Judianne Kelly
1984 Rodney Barton Cheryl Carton Matt Fogarty Pam Brady John Britton
Bruce Pontow Monica Ortez Cheryl Carton
1985 Chris Jogis Judianne Kelly John Britton Pam Brady Mike Walker
Gary Higgins Judianne Kelly Judianne Kelly
1986 Chris Jogis Nina Lolk Matt Fogarty Linda French Mike Walker
Bruce Pontow Nina Lolk Judianne Kelly
1987 Tariq Wadood Joy Kitzmiller Chris Jogis Linda French Chris Jogis
Benny Lee Nina Lolk Linda French
1988 Chris Jogis Joy Kitzmiller Chris Jogis Linda French Chris Jogis
Benny Lee Linda Safarik-Tong Linda French
1989 Tariq Wadood Linda Safarik-Tong Chris Jogis Linda French Tariq Wadood
Benny Lee Linda Safarik-Tong Linda French
1990 Chris Jogis Linda Safarik-Tong Chris Jogis Ann French Tom Reidy
Benny Lee Joy Kitzmiller Traci Britton
1991 Chris Jogis Liz Aronsohn John Britton Ann French Tariq Wadood
Tom Reidy Joy Kitzmiller Traci Britton
1992 Chris Jogis Joy Kitzmiller Benny Lee Ann French Andy Chong
Tom Reidy Joy Kitzmiller Linda French
1993 Andy Chong Andrea Andersson Benny Lee Andrea Andersson Andy Chong
Tom Reidy Traci Britton Linda French
1994 Kevin Han Joy Kitzmiller Benny Lee Andrea Andersson Andy Chong
Tom Reidy Liz Aronsohn Linda French
1995 Kevin Han Andrea Andersson Benny Lee Andrea Andersson Andy Chong
Tom Reidy Liz Aronsohn Linda French
1996 Steve Butler Zhao Ye Ping Kevin Han Ann French Andy Chong
Tom Reidy Kathy Zimmerman Zhao Ye Ping
1997 Kevin Han Cindy Shi Kevin Han Cindy Shi Trisna Gunadi
Tom Reidy Zhao Ye Ping Eileen Tang
1998 Kevin Han Yeping Tang Andy Chong Cindy Shi Andy Chong
Benny Lee Yeping Tang Yeping Tang
1999 Kevin Han Yeping Tang Kevin Han Cindy Shi Andy Chong
Alex Liang Yeping Tang Yeping Tang
2000 Alex Liang Yeping Tang Matt Fogarty Janis Tan Chibing Wu
Chibing Wu Elie Wu Melinda Keszthelyi
2001 Kevin Han Meiluawati Howard Bach Cindy Shi Trisna Gunadi
Kevin Han Meiluawati Janis Tan
2002 Kevin Han Meiluawati Howard Bach Janis Tan Andy Chong
Kevin Han Elie Wu Szilvia Szombati
2003 Howard Bach Meiluawati Tony Gunawan Meiluawati Raju Rai
Khan Malaythong Etty Tantri Etty Tantri
2004 Raju Rai Lili Zhou Howard Bach Yun Peng Raju Rai
Kevin Han Lili Zhou Eva Lee
2005 Raju Rai Eva Lee Howard Bach Eva Lee Khan Malaythong
Khan Malaythong Mesinee Mangkalakiri Mesinee Mangkalakiri
2006 Raju Rai Eva Lee Howard Bach Johannah Lee Howard Bach
Khan Malaythong Yun Peng Eva Lee
2007 Howard Bach Lee Joo Hyun Howard Bach Yun Peng Howard Bach
Khan Malaythong Lee Joo Hyun Eva Lee
2008 Raju Rai Lee Joo Hyun Howard Bach Mona Santoso Kowi Chandra
Khan Malaythong Lee Joo Hyun Mona Santoso
2009 Howard Bach Lee Joo Hyun Howard Bach Mona Santoso Howard Bach
Khan Malaythong Lee Joo Hyun Eva Lee
2010 Hock Lai Lee Eva Lee Howard Bach Peng Yun Howard Bach
Raju Rai Lee Joo Hyun Eva Lee
2011 Ilian Perez Cee Ketpura Howard Bach Peng Yun Halim Haryanto Ho
Tony Gunawan Lee Joo Hyun Eva Lee
2012 Sattawat Pongnairat Bo Rong Kowi Chandra Peng Yun Peng Yun
Halim Haryanto Ho Lee Joo Hyun Holvy De Pauw
2013 Hock Lai Lee Jamie Subandi Christian Christianto Eva Lee Howard Bach
Tony Gunawan Paula Obanana Eva Lee
2014 Howard Shu Beiwen Zhang Mu He Jin Yu Hong Mu He
Sarun Vivatpatanakul Beiwen Zhang Jin Yu Hong
2015 Sittichai Viboonsin Zhang Beiwen Leonard Holvy de Pauw Jing Yu Hong Halim Haryanto
Sittichai Viboonsin Zhang Beiwen Jing Yu Hong
2016 Charles Gu Zhang Beiwen Mu He Jing Yu Hong Phillip Chew
Ricky Xiu Liuzhou Zhang Beiwen Jamie Subandhi
2017 Mark Alcala Jamie Subandi Holvy De Pauw Monike Szoke Mark Alcala
Sittichai Viboonsin Tantaree Treeratanakuljarut Jamie Subandhi