The village has its origins in the middle ages and its name is thought to be a corruption of that of Joanna D’Aleman, (Joanna of Germany) the beautiful mistress of Pierre de Lusignan (1359- 1369), the King of Cyprus. It is thought that her summer residence was located near the current church. Fragments of pottery dating to the period of Lusignan rule (1192- 1489) have indeed been found in the vicinity, as well as fragments of Majolica representing the subsequent Venetian domination of Cyprus.(1489-1571). The Lusignans themselves acquired the island following its sale to the Knights Templar by Richard I of England. As can be readily seen the history of Cyprus consists of wave after wave of foreign occupiers stretching back over millennia.
Lemona is a tumbledown hamlet in the Paphos district with a permanent population of some 42 individuals. The majority of the residents were born in countries other than Cyprus and have subsequently chosen to settle in Cyprus. In the 1950s the village had a native population numbering some 250 individuals. Due to economic and social difficulties the village entered a period of rapid decline and many left to relocate to other countries such as South Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom many of whose descendants have now acquired non-Cypriot identities.
The late 1970’s witnessed the onset of a new wave of settlers, not armed soldiers this time, but of individuals of many different nationalities each seeking their little corner of paradise. For Lemona village the first foreign resident of the modern era was ironically another French woman named Jeneane, now deceased, who bought and restored the old priory in the village and had a long-standing affair with a former village mayor.. She has subsequently been followed by other Europeans, most notably British, who have bought and restored the hitherto derelict properties- this in itself has had a knock-on effect encouraging local Cypriots to return and renovate their long neglected but exquisite heritage.