With the release of the iPad, there’s been a lot of chatter about the iPad name, so it got me wondering – Who had the iPad name first?

A search of the Internet Archive for ipad shows the earliest mention of "IPAD" was in an audio track and webpage from 2nd of April 1994 when eSoft talk about adding an internet connection called IPAD ("Internet Protocol Adapter") to their bulletin board system. So popular was the IPAD from 1994 there is the IPAD Owners Association started in 2001 (see their webpage from 2001).

There has also been some news about Fujitsu naming a product the "iPad"