Here is an adress to site which shows how many people with Bryska surname lives in Poland.
Polish surnames have gender and are conjugated. Bryska is female surname (-ska ending), Bryski is male(-ski ending).
I'm the granddaughter of Jozef Pelc of Pittsburgh, Southside, PA where he and his second wife, Victorya Zaydel Pelc, owned a restaurant and boarding house named "Mother's Place" at Carson and 9th Sts. He lived in Brooklyn NY at first and moved to Pgh, PA where my uncle, Bernard, and aunt, Anna, were born. There were relations here that told him of the area. My mother was born in Brooklyn since they visited often there with Jozef's and wife's family were still living. Her name was Ceslava Tempolska.
He immigrated from Poland (residence of mother Anna Zawora, Lv. Yosef, Galicia) in 1910 to USA to his sister's, Bronislawa Pelz, who lived in Brooklyn, NY whom immigrated also from Poland to USA in 1908 from mother's, Anna Pelz, Nadworna Austria. There was another younger sister Agata Pelc (married Joseph Kerzinsky) who came to USA in 1912 from mother's, Anna Pelc, residence in Majdan Galicia and an older sister, Marya Pelc, who came through Canada from residence Tintkow, Austria, with a cousin Antoni Pelc. Marya then went to Brooklyn NY where Bronislawa went to when immigrated.. Have ship records for all through Ellis except Marya whose ship record is to Canada to residence of her brother-in-law, in Winnipeg. My mother used to write to the cousins in Winnipeg.
I am sorry, but I have not come across your grandmother's name in my searching. But it is funny that bit about she was a gypsy since my mother used to say that about herself ! My mother said her father, Jozef, did go back to Poland at some time to visit his mother and I have pictues of him with his mother and a cousin there when he visited. I don't think they were gypsies !
I still live in Pittsburgh area.
Mary Jane Walicki Allen
BRYSKI: derived from the old Polish first name Brykcy (of Celtic origin).
PELC: Polonised spelling of Gerrman Pelz which is both the German word for pelt, fur and hide as well as a pet name for Balthasar (the name traditonally ascribed to one of the theThree Kings).
GIPSIES: It's anyone's guess what your grandmother meant, but in Polish the term Cyganie is sometimes loosely used to describe Poles with an itinerant nature or even who just love to travel.