Delaflote Surname Origin
"From the fleet" or ships. It is said, that not long since, in London, a certain Mr. Delafloat had his name undergo a singular mutation, in consequence of the indistinct manner in which his name was announced. The porter understood the name to be Helaflote, and so proclaimed it to the groom of the chambers, and the luckless visitor--a quiet, shy, reserved young man--was actually ushered into the midst of a crowded drawing-room, by the ominous appellation of Mr. Helafloat!
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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