George Smith invented the first modern variant candy stick and named it after his favorite racehorse, Lolly Pop, and trademarked the name in 1931.
George Smith created the first modern variant of Lollypop in 1908. On October 13, 1931, the name Lollipop was formally registered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the Bradley Smith Company of New Haven. The company had produced Lolly Pops in 1908, but the patent office granted an exclusive right to the name after several years.
The Patent Office found the term lollipop used in an 1800s English dictionary and rejected Bradley Smith's initial registration. After the company proved that Lolly Pop was an original spelling and its first use, the trademark was granted. Over time, the term Lolly Pop and it is differing spelling Lollipop became interchangeable. Smith was the first man to apply it to hard candy on a stick. According to the reports, he named this candy by his favorite racehorse, which carried the name Lolly Pop. After the invention, many companies improved lollipop production through automated machines.
Scholars say Lollypop means tongue slap, and it is also believed that London street dealers may have invented this term as they peddled the treat. It is also suggested that Lollipop may be a word of Romany origin related to its tradition of selling toffee apples. In the Romany language, the loli phaba is a red apple. Though many theories suggest Lollipops' origin, Smith was the first to apply it to hard candy on a stick and secure a patent on it.