Chino Moreno


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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 singer, songwriter, and musician. He is the lead vocalist and contributing guitarist of 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 has two children with his former wife Celeste Schroeder; and a son with Risa.

Chino’s maternal grandfather was Ernest Martinez “Chino/Ernie” Wong (the son of Don Wong and Isabel Martínez). Ernest was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Don was born in California, and was of Chinese descent. Isabel was born in New Mexico, 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). Hermelinda was born in California, to Mexican parents. Jesús was the son of José “Joseph” M. Becerril and Leonor Rocha/López. Rosenda was born in Álamos, Sonora, the daughter of Ramón Andrés Nieblas and María S. Pacheco Rodríguez.

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

Sources: Marriage record of Chino’s parents –

Chino’s maternal grandfather, Ernest Martinez “Chino/Ernie” Wong, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Chino’s maternal grandfather, Ernest Martinez “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 –

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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