Carmen Yulín Cruz

Birth Name: Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto

Place of Birth: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Date of Birth: February 25, 1963

Ethnicity: Puerto Rican [Spanish, Basque, Catalan, possibly other]

Carmen Yulín Cruz is a Puerto Rican politician. She has served as a Member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, from January 2, 2009 to January 1, 2013, and Mayor of San Juan, from January 14, 2013 to December 31, 2020. She is affiliated with the Popular Democratic and Democratic Parties.

Her father, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vega, was born in Guánica. Her mother, Carmen Irene Soto y Molina, was born in Lares. Her middle name, Yulín, is inherited from her paternal grandmother. Carmen has a daughter.

Carmen’s paternal grandfather was Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vicens (the son of José Rafael Cruz and Margarita Vicens y Vargas). Pedro was born in Puerto Rico. Margarita was the daughter of a Spanish emigrant, Pedro Vicens y Morey, of Majorca, Balearic Islands, and of Gabriela Vargas.

Carmen’s paternal grandmother was Lutgarda Vega y Rosario (the daughter of Juan Clímaco Vega y Guzmán and Mariana Rosario y Arroyo). Lutgarda was born in Guánica, Puerto Rico. Clímaco was the son of José María Vega y Vega and Petronila Guzmán y Alameda. Mariana was the daughter of José Ramón Rosario y Higuerra and María Crisóstoma Arroyo y González.

Carmen’s maternal grandfather was Salvador Américo Soto é Irizarry (the son of Manuel Soto y Segarra and María Evangelista Irizarry y González). Salvador was born in Lares, Puerto Rico. Manuel was the son of Eugenio Soto y Alicea and María del Carmen Segarra y López. Evangelista was the daughter of Damián Irizarry y Roman and María Irene González y Hernández.

Carmen’s maternal grandmother was Irene Molina y López (the daughter of Ildefonso Molina y Borrero and Nazaria/Nasaria López y Soto). Irene was born in Lares, Puerto Rico. Ildefonso was the son of Isabel Molina y Padua and María Monserrate Borrero y Quílez. Nazaria was the daughter of Bernardino López y Pujol and María de los Ángeles Soto y Segarra.

Carmen’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to her fifth great-grandmother, Tomasa Irizarry y Ríos, of San Sebastián.

Sources: Carmen’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Carmen’s paternal grandparents, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vicens and Lutgarda Vega y Rosario –

Marriage record of Carmen’s paternal grandfather, Pedro Antonio Cruz y Vicens –

Carmen’s paternal great-grandmother, Margarita Vicens y Vargas, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death record of Carmen’s paternal great-great-grandfather, Pedro Vicens y Morey –

Birth record of Carmen’s paternal grandmother, Lutgarda Vega y Rosario –

Carmen’s mother on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Carmen’s maternal grandfather, Salvador Américo Soto é Irizarry –

Birth record of Carmen’s maternal grandmother, Irene Molina y López –

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