Chino Moreno


Birth Name: Camilo Wong Moreno

Place of Birth: Sacramento, California, United States

Date of Birth: June 20, 1973

*87.5% Mexican (African, Spanish, possibly Indigenous)
*12.5% Chinese

Chino Moreno is an American musician. He is known as the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of the American alternative metal band Deftones. He founded the band with Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter.

His father, Camilo Diaz Moreno, Sr., is of Mexican descent. His mother, Deborah A. (Wong), is of Mexican, and one quarter Chinese, descent. He is married to Risa Mora. He was previously married to Celeste Schroeder.

Chino’s maternal grandfather was Ernest Martinez “Chino/Ernie” Wong (the son of Don Wong and Isabel Martínez). Don was of Chinese descent. Isabel was of Mexican descent, and was the daughter of Nicanor Martínez and Celsa García.

Chino’s maternal grandmother is Hermelinda “Mickey” Becerril (the daughter of Jesús “Jess” Becerril Rocha and Rosenda Nieblas Pacheco). Jesús was born in Mexico, to José “Joseph” M. Becerril and Leonor Rocha/López. Rosenda was born in Álamos, Sonora, Mexico, to Ramón Andrés Nieblas and María S. Pacheco Rodríguez.

Chino’s matrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his fourth great-grandmother, Cirila Rodríguez.

Sources: Birth record of Chino Moreno –

Marriage record of Chino’s parents –

Chino’s maternal grandfather, Ernest Wong, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Chino’s maternal grandfather, Ernest “Chino/Ernie” Wong –

Chino’s maternal great-grandmother, Isabel Martínez, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Birth record of Chino’s maternal grandmother, Hermelinda Becerril –

Chino’s maternal grandmother, Hermelinda Becerril, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Death record of Chino’s maternal great-grandfather, Jesús Becerril Rocha –

Birth record of Chino’s maternal great-grandmother, Rosenda Nieblas Pacheco –

Marriage records of Chino’s maternal great-great-grandparents, Ramón Andrés Nieblas and María S. Pacheco Rodríguez –

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1 Response

  1. Rip says:

    I don’t get why they listed his ancestry as “*87.5% Mexican (African, Spanish, possibly Indigenous)”

    It should be: (Spanish, Indigenous, and possibly African) since the African component is small in the Mexican population and there was no other evidence provided of him being significantly African.

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