While born with the surname of Ianovskii, the reason behind his use of the name Gogol was due to his grandfather taking this name to be able to claim a noble Cossack ancestry.
This gentleman evidently belonged to the category of those people who wish the Government to interfere in everything, even in their daily quarrels with their wives.
Nikolay Vasilyevich Yanovskiy
Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire [now Velyki Sorochyntsi, Poltava Oblast, Ukraine]
Moscow, Russian Empire [now Russia]
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