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...