No, it doesn't strike me that way, either. However, i doubt the accuracy of the claim. It is very common in English family names that common nouns creep in or that they're descriptive--Miller, Carter, Fuller and others are rather obvious. Franklin means a serf who bought his freedom. Palmer means someone who made the pilgrimage to the Holy Land (and brought back a palm frond to prove it). There is something rather Dickensian about it though, kind of like Uriah Heep or Mr. Guppy or the Cherryble brothers.