What was Kate Chopin’s ethnic heritage? November 18, 2011 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Literature Leave a Comment Kate Chopin was born Kate O’Flaherty (1851-1904) in St. Louis, Missouri, to an Irish father and French mother. Her married name came from her husband, Oscar Chopin. Her fiction includes the novel The Awakening (1899). Related PostsWhat was Medea’s heritage?Was Kate “Ma” Barker ever arrested for her crimes?What was Carmen Miranda’s ethnic background?What were the names of Kate Bradley’s (Bea Benaderet’s) daughters on “Petticoat Junction” (CBS, 1963-70)?What were the major ethnic groups employed in the building of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.?