Early-attested site in the Parish of Axminster
- Nyweham, Nywenham 13th Newnham 1264 Exon
- Newham 1276 Ch
- Newenham 1406 BM
'New hamm.' In DB the manor was known as Alraforda , 'alder ford.' v. alor .At some time between DB and the founding of the Abbey in 1246 the name was changed to Newenham.