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The Berrios Family of Barranquitas, PR

Updated January 4, 2003

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Most of the family names in Puerto Rico followed the tradition from Spain to use both parents names. Once Puerto Rico became part of the United States of America it becomes very difficult and confusing trying to go back into the family history since the US records only show one last name. Research from the surname Berrios indicates that it can be associated with the Spanish meaning "one who came from Berry, in central France". But the begining of the Berrios family starts in the region of Vizcaya and Navarra in Northern Spain. Berrio is the name of three towns in that region near Plamplona, Spain. The Towns of BerrioPlano, BerrioZar, BerrioBeiti and BerrioSusa go back to the XIII century, old records from 1268 registered their early origins. In the Vasco language "Berri" means new town or new village.

The Berrios in America, on April 5, 1535, Don Francisco de Berrios, son of lawyer Baeza and Da. Catalina Barrio (both from Granada, Spain) travel to Santo Domingo (Hispaniola) with his brother, Antonio de Berrios. Is good to remember that the names Francisco and Antonio are to be repeated many times along the next three centuries, in addition our great-great-great grand father was Don Antonio de Berrios Garcia and our great-great-great-great grandfather was Don Francisco de Berrios Garcia.

Our (Berrios) family father in Puerto Rico was Don Fernando de Berrios. Our great-great grand parents were Francisco Antonio Berrios and Juana Maria Hoyos. Our great grand parents were Felix Valoy Berrios Hoyos and Gregoria Zayas Santiago. I knew my great grandmother who passed away at the age of 116 yrs. Gregoria (Goya) Zayas Santiago, mother of my grandfather Andres Berrios Zayas, passed away on December 31, 1963. I never met my great grandfather Felix Valoy Berrios Hoyos because he died in June 10, 1942. As per my grandfather who passed away, Andres Berrios Zayas, his family moved from a place call Mana', in the town of Corozal, PR to the place our family call home Helechal in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico. As per the history book of PR most of the european families settled in the mountains because the fresh and cool temperatures. The family settled in Barranquitas and live mostly from the farm and the agriculture. My grandfather bothers and sisters were Basilisa, Felix, Clotirde, Carmen, Juana, Maria Marcelina, and Jose, all of them Berrios Zayas. My Grandfather married my Grandmother Veronica Colon Colon, she was the dauther of Carlos Colon and Rufina Colon Rivera. My Grandmother was born in the town of Orocovis, PR. They had a large family, Minerva (Mines), Rosin, Esperanza, Simon, Andres Corso, Rosa Angelica, Emma, Felix, and Luz Maria, all Berrios Colon. My father Simon married Carmen Elena Green Colon, the dauther of Fundador Green Rivera and Maria Emilia Colon Ca˝uelas both leaving in Helechal, Barranquitas, PR. Fundador Green, father was Ignacio Green son of an Irish imigrant, is all I know. His family came to Barranquitas from the town of Coamo, PR. My father Simon died in September of 1958 when I was a year old. My grandparents raised my brothers Ramon Luis and Carmen Milagros and my uncle Luz Maria, who passed away on December 6, 2001, raised me. Up to now most of my family still live in the same place where my grandparents settled many years ago. I still looking back to find more about the family history...

 
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  • Seal of Corozal PR. (90 KB)
    The seal of Corozal, represents the Corozo palm trees and the clean water of the area. The Berrios Zayas family live in Corozal prior to Barranquitas in the 1800's.
  • Berrios Coat of Arms - Spain (75 KB)
    Silver and white stand for the moon and simbolizes obediense and purity. Three feathers from an Ostrich.
  • Motherland in Northern Spain (23 KB)
    Berrioplano is one of the two towns in Northern Spain where the first Berrios family member originated from. Both towns are in the same region of Vizcaya and Navarra.
  • Map of Barranquitas, PR (24 KB)
    The Berrios family settled in Helechal southern part of the town of Barranquitas. The Usabon river was a close neighbor and the San Cristobar Canyon.
  • View of El Morro Fortress - San Juan, PR (202 KB)
    The El Morro Fortress in San Juan, PR was built by the Spanish conquistadors in the year 1500 to protect the city from danger.
  • Andres and Veronica Berrios - 1958 (582 KB)
    Andres and Veronica, here with some of the grandsons in their home.
  • The Island Of Puerto Rico (82 KB)
    The island of PR was discovered by Christopher Columbus (Cristobar Colon) in his second trip to the new world on November 19, 1493. The early inhabitants (the Taino Indians used to call the island Boriken).
  • Flag and Seal of PR (33 KB)
    The flag and seal of Puerto Rico date back to the Spanish days. During the Fernando and Isabel ruling in the spanish throne, the seal was given to PR.
  • Town of Corozal (Map showing Mana') (185 KB)
    The place call Mana' in the town of Corozal where the Berrios Zayas family live prior to their move to Barranquitas.
  • GrandParents Andres & Veronica (33 KB)
    A photo of my grand parents Andres Berrios Zayas and Veronica Colon Colon.
  • Seal of Barranquitas, PR (107 KB)
    The seal of Barranquitas, represents the Canyon of San Cristobar and the Yagrumo trees. The San Cristobar Canyon is located in Helechal where most of the Berrios Zayas family still lives.
 
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