Feta cheese is first recorded 1494, an Italian traveler saw the cheese stored in barrels at the harbor of Chania, Crete; it was name πρόσφατος (prósphatos, "recent", i.e. fresh).
The Greek word "Feta" comes from the Italian word fetta ("slice").It was introduced into the Greek language in the 17th century. It refers to the production method on main land (and on only island Lesbos) of cutting the cheese in slices to place in barrels with brine. This type of cheese is produced for own consumption in Greece since ancient times.