surname like PETRUSKITZ #belarus


The discussion of various Belarus-related surnames prompts me to ask for suggestions about one that has puzzled me for a long time.

My maternal grandmother came to the U.S.A. in 1902 >from Wisoke-Litovsk (now Vysokoye) in the Brest District, Grodno Gubernia.

Her father died when she was only three years old and her mother remarried. She used her step-father's name (VILNER/WILLNER) as her maiden name. But when she died in NY in 1934, my uncle gave the authorities the name PETRUSKITZ as her father's name for the death certificate.

I have not been able to find any example of that name. I have found similar-sounding names such as PETRUSKA and PODRITSKI in census records, ships manifests, etc.

I'm sure my uncle did his best to recall and spell a name he had only heard mentioned many years earlier.

Would anyone be willing to venture a guess as to what name I should be looking for?

Joy Weaver
E.Islip, NY USA

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