I bet you thought I was joking, didn't you? (see what I did there: 'ha-ha'?)
Imagine you have a beautiful view, and a herd of cows walks straight across it and obliterates it entirely. Well, in order to stop this sort of thing from happening, our ancestors would build a 'ha-ha', which was a sunken ditch, supported by a wall (that didn't come up so high you knew it was there). This kept the cows out. (Actually, my ancestors were more likely to be the peasants driving the cows...)
Nobody knows who thought of the name.
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