we are the pirc's from cleveland ohio usa. the name was changed to pierce in the 20s or 30s i think. the family was from slovenia, but the passports would list austria, as yugoslavia was under the austro-hungarian empire around that time. it may not be the same family. my mother, (who is of croation descent, named Grubac), says the Pirc's were from at town named "nova cita". as we are second generation us born, we do not know much of our family history. are we connected? who knows.