From the Ukraine? Wow! Sorry for the enthusiasm but my grandfather brought over his family from Crni Lug/Delnice in about 1902 and they settled in Joliet, Illinois. The name was spelled p-l-e-s(hachek)-e but they dropped the hachek and pronounced it either plee-zee or pleez (like in the english "please". I learned this when I was in my early 20s and later changed the spelling to pleshe. I found a family, also from Croatia, (in Roslyn, Washington In the mountains west of Seatte, where they filmed the TV show "Northern Exposure") , who spelled the name Plesha, because that was how they pronounced it.
So hello. Perhaps we are very distant cousins. I have long had a feeling that the family originated in or near Ukraine but had no evidence as the ties with Croatia had been separated before I was born. (I'm 65 now.) A Web-based genealogy service told me that perhaps the name came from Hamburg, Germany, where there is a family "Pless", but this sounded far-fetched (unlikely) to me.
One thing you might tell me: what does plesha/pleshe mean? What is its derivation? Is there a particular part of Ukraine that is associated with the family?
Most warm regards,
Albuquerque, New Mexico