About Us

CrestThe Coat of Arms on the Arroyo family pages date back to before our coming to the New World in the early Sixteenth Century from Spain. Our family arrived in Puerto Rico when it was still named "San Juan Bautista" and the capital was "Puerto Rico". Later, the names were switched and the capital was named San Juan and the island called Puerto Rico. 


Thank you for spending the time to learn more about our family. We would like you to visit our Values  page as well as the pictures pages. Pictures tell a story but our Values tell our Faith .


A Family is one of pride, we are grandchildren and grandparents.  Below, J.A, with my grandfather, Bob McGrew:

There is not just one name that sums us up, who we are is a combination of:
Arroyo, Attard, Brown, Beio, Dennington, Ellis, Ellison, Eubanks, Fowler, Greene, Jones, Lawrence, Marin, McGrew, Million, Morris, Rivera, Rowlett,Villari, Valdeseri, and Ward.
We are the sum of our parts and are better for what we add to the mix. We come from all over the world, and have been in this country from centuries, to very recently, We come from Spain, Puerto Rico, Italy, Ireland, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New York, and Florida to name a few. We are Christian with a long history of Catholicism and range from practicing, converts, and have family members who have fallen away recently and generations ago.

 Michael with his Great Grandpa, Joey Attard (J.A.’s “step” grandpa). Joey was married to Aurea Rivera (Arroyo) Attard after she was widowed to Jose’ Antonio Arroyo.

The Arroyo family, of whom J is from, came to this country in the late 1940’s, during the second World War, from Puerto Rico. We were not, however, strangers to the New World, having first immigrated to Puerto Rico with Ponce’ de Leon in the early 16th Century. We were not English-speaking at that time and my grandmother, Aurea, did not quickly learn.

My grandmother, Aurea, with her father and grandfather, Jibaros in Puerto Rico circa  1917

The other side of the family, from my mother’s side, was Irish. Having come to this country in one of the first immigration, even preceeding the famous Potato Famine, they acclimated and settled as far west as Arkansas.  They lost their Catholic roots along the way but it was rekindled in me.

Who we are is the sum of what we believe. J and the boys are Catholic , following a tradition of belief that goes back far beyond even our time in the New World. We pray, we attend Mass, we pray some more. We have pages devoted to our beliefs   and hope that you will visit those pages. I am also uploading more and more valuable Faith links  and Faith documents for download  that are a source of help in supporting and defending the Faith as often as I can. Please, feel free to utilize those resources.

We are also proud to have received the Catholic Website Award for excellence in consecutive years since 2005! 

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18 replies on “About Us”

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I am very glad I stumbled across this site. I am a member of the Arroyo family, a lost relative to you one might say but never the less I still feel glad to know that I am not the only one that is proud of my family’s name.

I am so happy it all started in Europe because my family is from Spain or from the new world. I been married to Leopoldo Manuel Arroyo Jr. for 40 th year .his late dad Leopoldo Manuel Arroyo. Came to New York City 1912. He married his second cousin Candida Cuebas .Today family name Arroyo is big.From this side it’s large. I myself have three beautiful girl which all pickup the European traits long jet black hair totally European. You see Arroyo are very light skin ,black straight hair ,large ears .So you see we have lots of history.

My maternal grandfather Pedro Arroyo whom I believe may have originally been born in San Juan and was from La Perla PR came to the US in th early 1920s. He first lived in Chicago then moved to manhattan and had his first born, Myrna in 1936 who is my mother; she is 77 years old. I was wondering if there is any connection. As far as I know few Puerto Ricans came over to the US that early on.
Please contact me if there is a familial connection. My mother asked me research for her.
Warm regards and God Bless,


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Hi, my name is Marysol Porter. My father and I went to Puerto Rico in 1973. I was 16 years old. He wanted to search for his family since he lost contact with them prior to him marrying my mother. We arrived in Penuelas and stayed with his nephew, his wife and children. I have known my father by Frank Lopez, however, when I arrived the whole family called him tio Benigno Arroyo. I was confused, but never confronted my father, mother or sister regarding his real name. I presumed that when he arrived in the USA he changed his name to Frank Lopez. I did meet his only surviving sister that looked like his twin. Unfortunately she died in Ponce while we were there. My understanding is that he was born in Ponce on February, 20th, 1886. He served in the army in World War I under the name of Frank Lopez. He was married 2 times prior to my mother here in the USA. His former spouses died prior to him meeting my mother. My sister and I long to know about our father and reunite with our family. I am proud of my Spaniard and Puerto Rican heritage. All I can barely remember is that his nephew resided in Penuelas in 1973. His house was close to the post office. In the back of his home they had the most beautiful creek. Some of his children resided in New York and Chicago. I can only remember some of his children’s names Miriam, Eddie and Ariel and their mother’s name was Angela. He also had another nephew who had twin daughters married to Dominicans. Please, if anyone knows, recognize or remembers my father and I please contact me ASAP. My cell is 504-600-1616. My father went to sleep in death in November 1973. My mother in September of 1997 . Survivors my oldest sister who now is 70 years old Celia Dopp and daughter 19 Celia Effie Dopp, myself Marysol Porter 57 years old, sons Michael 34, Jason 33, his daughter Melina 1 year old, daughters Heather 32, her daughters Mia, 12 and Paige 8 yrs old, Ashley 31 and her children Tommy 10 yrs old, Auden 5 yrs old and Zoe 3 years old. We all reside in Kenner, Louisiana. My address is 1653 42 ‘ND street unit A Kenner, Louisiana 70065.

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