this gets me too. Bruce Lanksy was the first example that came to mind when I read the title of your post, before I'd even read the rest. I think he tries to 'sweeten' the meaning of names. If a name doesn't have a very 'nice' meaning, he changes it. The first one I think of is Charlotte. Feminine form of Charles, meaning manly, right? According to B.L. it means 'little and womanly.'