Does anyone have any thoughts on the origins of the surname Liss/Lyss? When I try to search for passenger records, the only suggestions I get are Scandinavian names. My relatives came from Motol, not far from MInsk. ( think Motol was Chaim Weitzman's home town, and I'm sure everyone from the town claims to have known him or his family).
When the family came to New York, most of them changed their name to Alper (for good luck, as they knew someone by that name who was prosperous).
FINKELSTEIN, BOOKSTEIN, KOENIG/SUKOENIG, LUSMAN, GOLDINER, SAGORODER/ZAGORODER (Radziwillow, Belarus/Ukraine; Ostrog, Poland/Belarus)
LISS/ALPER, LEAF/LIFSCHITZ ( Motol, Russian Empire/Belarus; Rechitsa, Belarus)