Daniel Handler, author of the wickedly clever Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events, gives a wickedly clever interview as well.
What are the origins of the Handler name?
It was a German name, and my father's mother changed the spelling of it when they arrived in America. I've actually heard before that it refers to money-lending. I've never really traced my family roots — my mother's maiden name was Walpole, and her family were distant relations of Hugh Walpole, the British writer, and there's a coat of arms in that somewhere with some scarcely reliable story attached to it. And my father's family were pretty much wiped out in World War II. I guess you could do some intensive genealogical research but nobody in my family has done it, and I have a tendency to make things up so I wouldn't be the ideal researcher. [Link]