Prem, Ilirska Bistrica
|Traditional region||Inner Carniola|
|Statistical region||Littoral–Inner Carniola|
|• Total||3.2 km2 (1.2 sq mi)|
|Elevation||475 m (1,558 ft)|
The village was first attested in written sources as Prem in 1213 (and as Primo in 1234 and Prême in 1276). The name may be derived from the Slavic noun *prějьmъ 'that which is received'. If so, the meaning of the name would be similar to 'fief'; that is, land received for use from a superior feudal lord.
Prem is the site of a mass grave and an unmarked grave from the end of the Second World War. They both contain the remains of German soldiers from the 97th Corps that fell at the beginning of May 1945. The Nogradec 1 Mass Grave (Slovene: Grobišče Nogradec 1) lies next to the road by the cemetery, in a former roadside trench. It contains the remains of 23 soldiers, as well as animals and military equipment. The Nogradec 2 Grave (Grobišče Nogradec 2) lies next to the first and contains the remains of a German officer.
Notable people that were born or lived in Prem include:
- Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
- Ilirska Bistrica municipal site
- Snoj, Marko. 2009. Etimološki slovar slovenskih zemljepisnih imen. Ljubljana: Modrijan and Založba ZRC, pp. 329–330.
- Nogradec 1 Mass Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Nogradec 2 Grave on Geopedia (in Slovene)
- Koper Diocese list of churches