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No one knows the exact origins of the yo-yo, but some believe it was invented in China. No one really has any evidence of that; however, there is hard evidence that the ancient Greeks invented and played with yo-yos. http://www.go-star.com/antiquing/when_was1106.htm
The yoyo was first used as a weapon in the Philippines. It was large, and was at the end of a long rope. Sharp edges were used to cut or scrape the enemy or prey. At some point, the evolved from a weapon to a toy.
Later, a man named DF Duncan Sr. bought it from the Philippine immigrant, Pedro Flores. He patented the name "Yoyo" (meaning "come back" in the native language of the Philippines), and distrubuted the product throughout America.
The Greeks. In ancient Greece, the toy was made of wood, metal and terra cotta. The Greeks decorated the two halves of the yoyo with pictures of their gods. As a right of passage into adulthood Greek children often gave up their toys and placed them on the family alter to pay homage.
It was a person from West Virginia named Donald Duncan, as he saw a Philipino boy playing with a small round toy that rode up and down a string. He decided to call it a yo-yo, which means "Come-come". Duncan is now the leading yo-yo company.