Some twenty odd years ago I did a lot of research into the origin of the surname Aindow. After working back through Births,Marriages and Deaths etc to parish records circa 1750, what intrigued me most was the origin of the surname. After one heck of a lot of work, the earliest reference I could find was in a book published in 1947 which said: " Norseman sailed up the Alt,in or a little before, the year 840 in the days of the Kings Egbert and Ethelwulf and later (some historians say), in the days of King Alfred. Formby (Fornebei)and Ravenmeols tell us of the Viking Hrima (Rimmer), the giant who landed here and set up his banner when the Aindow came to Aynoldal (Aynesdoles), a village now beneath the sea." Later references in the same text suggest that the village of Aynesdoles was washed away around 1283 AD - presumably the inhabitants just walked inland as far as Formby, dried their feet and carried on with life! My question is does anyone have any knowledge of the source of information of this author? Any other substantiated information on the origin of the surname would be much appreciated!