Nicole Scherzinger

by ethnic on January 27, 2008

Birth Name: Nicole Prescovia Elikolani Valiente

Place of Birth: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

Date of Birth: June 29, 1978

*Filipino (father)
*Native Hawaiian, Ukrainian, possibly other (mother)

Nicole Scherzinger is an American recording artist, dancer, television personality, and actress. She is famous for being the lead vocalist of The Pussycat Dolls, a band whose members also included Carmit Bachar, Ashley Roberts, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, Kimberly Wyatt, and, originally, Kaya Jones.

She is the daughter of Rosemary Elikalani (Frederick) Scherzinger and Alfonso Valiente. Her father is Filipino and her mother has Native Hawaiian and Ukrainian ancestry. Her mother was a professional hula dancer. Nicole’s surname comes from her stepfather, Gary Scherzinger, who has German ancestry.

Nicole’s maternal grandfather’s surname was Frederick.

Nicole’s maternal grandmother is Katherine Lenchanko, now Katherine Frederick (the daughter of John Ivan Lenchanko, Sr. and Angeline Kawailani Kea). John was the son of Nikita Demidovich/Dimidovich Lenichenko/Lesnichenko and Praskovia/Paraskovia Kuzminichna/Kuzminisha Zenchenko. They were ethnic Ukrainian emigrants, who were Russian Orthodox Christians from the Kiev region, a village called Berezno. Nikita was one of 165 Russian and Ukrainian immigrants in Hawaii who wished to return to his native country, and sent an application for that. Pictures of, and information about, Nicole’s maternal great-grandfather John, and his family, can be seen here and here (Nicole’s great-grandfather is at the center of the picture at the second link, leaning on his father).

Nicole’s great-grandmother Angeline was the daughter of John Louis Kea Mano and Margaret Dionisia/Dionicia Namakaokalani “Maggie” Iopa, and was of Native Hawaiian background.

Sources: Genealogy of Nicole’s mother (focusing on her own mother’s side) –

Obituary of Nicole’s maternal great-grandfather, John Ivan Lenchanko, Sr. –

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neiltennant January 2, 2018 at 10:19 am

she looks 100 percent Philipino or Thai

MIND that she had a nose job in the late 1990s

in 1995 she had her old nose. in 1999 she got a nose job

midori29 March 15, 2018 at 1:58 pm

@Nieltenant it impossible to be 100 percent Phillipino because Phillipinos are “mixed” people. They are part Chinese, Spanish and African
In fact the Phillipino aboriginals look like black Africans “The Aetas” Link

ann July 3, 2017 at 2:50 pm

Nicole’s great-great grandparents were Nikita Demidovich Lenichenko (the son of Demid Lenichenko) and Praskovia Kuzminichna Zenchenko (the daughter of Kuzma Zenchenko). They were Russian Orthodox Christians from Kiev region, village called Berezno.
Picture of them and their children (including Nicole’s great-grandfather Ivan, who’s in the center, leaned on his father), and some information on English and Russian:
Nikita was one of 165 Russian/Ukrainian immigrants in Hawaii who wished to return to his native country and even sent application for that.

Samiiraa June 7, 2017 at 3:36 am

She doesn’t look Eurasian, it’s obvious she has a significant amount of native Hawaiian dna. She looks more exotic than just Eurasian.

madman May 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Angeline was the daughter of John Louis Kea Mano and Margaret Dionisia Namakaokalani Iopa.

Daron May 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

She looks Hispanic.

bablah April 26, 2016 at 10:30 am

Should link other members of PSD on this page and their respective pages.
Currently, besides N.S. Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta and Melody Thornton have ethnicelebs pages.
Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Roberts are still missing.

madman April 26, 2016 at 6:02 am

She is the daughter of Rosemary Elikalani (Frederick) Scherzinger and Alfonso Valiente. Her paternal grandfather’s ancestry is not known, therefore it should say: Native Hawaiian, Ukrainian, other. “Frederick” might be German or English.

lelo4 October 19, 2015 at 6:31 pm

are people really dumb enough to think she is part african? lol

bakchoyhurl February 6, 2016 at 11:11 am

My guess would have been a stereotypical mexican or from the indo-china region, with the heavy eye makeup she ends up looking indian/middleastern

memphis September 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Africans have a variety of looks because it’s a continent. Some Africans have “Asian” features like the Bushmen or mixed South Africans (Coloured) of Indian and Khoisan ancestry. I generally thought that Nicole was a Dougla mixed Indian and West Indian Guyanese because of her dark skin not a mixed Filipino which she is but there are many dark skinned Asians.

fuzzybear44 September 15, 2016 at 1:35 am


There are also a lot of mixed Filipinos with recent Afro- ancestry(although they like talking about it). She could be descended from one of them(who knows)

Capricious October 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

Looks full Filipino to me.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 12:48 am

Bullshit. She doesn’t look Asian at all, she looks Indian.


spiritcrusher December 24, 2015 at 12:59 am

Most of the world doesn’t consider Indians as Asians? You’ve got to be kidding me. Only the US of A refuses to acknowledge South Asian individuals as Asians. Majority of the world considers South Asians, or as your ignorant self refers to them by the term “Indians”, are actually Asians.

Look at the continent of Asia. Asia happens to be the biggest continent of the world; and yet, ignorant a-holes such as yourself, refuse to acknowledge it. You somehow have manged to convince yourself that East Asia represents the entire Asian continent. Asian isn’t even a race. It’s a geographical term.

South Asians are Indo-Caucasians; whereas, East Asians are oriental.

If anyone is from the continent of Asia, they’re Asian. It’s simple as that. Is that too difficult to comprehend?

abbracci August 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

She’s not Black. She has dark skin because of the Filipino in her. Eurasians are beautiful. Nicole is breathtakingly beautiful.

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