There are three different versions of the origin of the name Kakopetria. The first version suggests that the name combines the words "bad" and "stone", and it was given to the village due to its rocky and challenging-to-climb location in the past. The second version relates to a large stone located near the entrance of the town, known as the Androgynous Stone. According to tradition, newlywed couples used to sit on the rock, but one day it rolled over and crushed a couple. The villagers then named the stone "Kakopetra", which led to the village being called Kakopetria. The third version is based on a legend about a Maratha ruler with three sons named Nikos, Panagiotis, and Petris. Petris was known for being troublesome and unbearable, so his brothers asked their father to send him away. Petris was banished to the other side of the mountain, where he became the area's first settler, which later became Kakopetria. The village was named after Petris and Kakos, the Greek word for "bad." Nikos founded a cheese house and left the village, while Panagiotis founded the town of Kalopanagiotis.