I believe that most Americans cling to any national identity they can. Because the US is, indeed, a 'Melting Pot', and where we came from plays such an integral part in who we are. And as an American girl growing up in New England with a French last name, the identity I clung to from an early age was a French one.
I come from a family of amazing French and European cooks and bakers; my Ancestors are from Normandy, France and date back to the 1500s. Most of my life was spent in the kitchen with family and those great times with my Grandpa 'Chevy' Chevalier.