Katie Couric

by ethnic on August 3, 2009

Birth Name: Katherine Anne Couric

Place of Birth: Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 7, 1957

*French, Scottish, English, German (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)

Katie Couric, also credited as Katherine Couric, is an American television presenter and author. She is known for being a co-host of NBC’s Today. She is active in internet blogging for The Huffington Post.

Katie is the daughter of Elinor Tullie (Hene) and John Martin Couric. Her nephew (sister’s son) is director, producer, and screenwriter Jeff Wadlow.

Katie’s surname is Breton, from France. Katie’s father was of one quarter French ancestry, with his other roots being English, Scottish, and German. Her mother was Jewish. Katie’s maternal grandparents were both Jewish. Their families emigrated to the U.S. from Germany, and Katie’s mother had more distant Czech Jewish roots, as well.

Katie was raised in her father’s Presbyterian faith.

Katie was married to attorney John Paul “Jay” Monahan, until his death, with whom she has two children. Katie is now married to financier John Molner. John is Jewish.

Katie’s paternal grandfather was John Martin Couric (the son of Alfred Alexis Couric and Sarah “Sallie” Sophia/Sopia Shorter McKleroy). John was born in Alabama. Alfred was born in Alabama, the son of French parents, Charles Mathuron Couric, from Lorient, Brittany, and Henrietta Francoise Farier/Farrier Doutre, from Saintes, Charente-Maritime. Sarah was the daughter of Captain William Henry McKlreoy and Martha Gill Shorter. On the Today show, Katie discovered that one of her ancestors was a French orphan who moved to the U.S. in the 1800s.

Katie’s paternal grandmother was Wildie Churchill Hibbler (the daughter of James Edmund Hibbler and Ida Hill Ivy). Wildie was born in Mississippi. James was the son of James Lawrence Hibbler and Mary Ann Amason. Ida was the daughter of Bird Ivy and Caroline Jemima Cockrell.

Katie’s maternal grandfather was Berthold B. “Bert” Hene (the son of Aaron Hene and Matilda Meyer). Berthold was born in Iowa. Aaron was born in Bavaria, Germany, to Jewish parents Wolfgang Hene, from Geinsheim, and Mahle/Mable. Matilda was also a German Jew.

Katie’s maternal grandmother was Clara L./H. Frohsin (the daughter of Isaac Frohsin and Emma Hagedorn). Clara was born in Alabama. Isaac was born in Brakel, Hoxter, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, to Jewish parents, Solomon Frohsin and Julia Levinsohn/Levison. Emma was a Jewish immigrant from Giershagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, the daughter of Abraham Hagedorn and Clara Rosenbaum.

Katie’s matrilineal line can be traced back to her great-great-great-grandparents, Zachariah Rosenbaum, who was born, c. 1785, and to Zachariah’s wife, Betty, who was born, c. 1795, both of them in Würzberg, Hessen, Germany.

Sources: Genealogies of Katie Couric – http://www.sidsalinger.com

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andrew December 12, 2017 at 3:07 pm

about Charles Mathuron Couric and Henrietta Francoise Farrier

Laurient -> Lorient, Brittany, France

Saintos -> Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France

The surname “Couric” is Breton: http://www.geneanet.org/genealogie/fr/couric.html

neiltennant October 16, 2015 at 5:42 pm

Her surname is from Croatia. This is her maiden name!

follers December 12, 2017 at 6:16 am

It’s a Croatian name that actual Croatian people have declined to use.

andrew October 16, 2015 at 2:37 am

there has been some editing below because I didnt reply to myself like someone here.

lelo4 October 15, 2015 at 6:13 pm

her surname sounds south slav

neiltennant December 12, 2017 at 6:06 am

its croatian

andrew April 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm

if Couric is her real surname it must be of Slavic origin not French

andrew April 19, 2013 at 10:31 am

come on..Couric doesn’t sound French, more a typical (ending in -ic) Slavic surname.

andrew April 19, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Doing researches I’ve found this unusual French surname that could pass in Croatia or Serbia is most popular in Brittany. You should know in this region, unlike the rest of France, a distinctly Celtic language is still spoken.


andrew April 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

yeah “ou” is pure French, also means “or”, while “où” is french for “where”

neiltennant December 12, 2017 at 6:07 am

couric is a typical croatian name

andrew December 12, 2017 at 11:42 am

In this case it’s a French surname of Breton origin.

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