Kon: परनेम paranem
‘Foundation’ – Town and Sub-district
From Mar: pēraṇēm, ‘foundation’.
The name refers to the settlements of Saraswat Brahmins (see Tiswadi). Pernem was one of the Novas Conquistas or ‘New Conquests’, sub-districts added to Portuguese Goa in the 18thC. The new concelhos or municipalities were: Pernem, Bicholim, Sattari, Ponda, Sanguem, Quepem, and Canacona.