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Gender: M Origin of Gogol: Russian surname

The unlikely name of the hero of Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake, named for an author his father revered.

Famous People Named Gogol

Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol, Russian novelist and short story writer

Pop Culture References for the name Gogol

Gogol Bordello, an punk rock band with Eastern European influences
Gogol 'Nikhil' Ganguli, main character of the novel "The Namesake", written by Jhumpa Lahiri
From The Namesake: 'For by now he’s come to hate questions pertaining to his name, hates having constantly to explain. He hates having to tell people that it doesn’t mean anything “in Indian.” He hates having to wear a nametag on his sweater at Model United Nations Day at school. He hates that his name is both absurd and obscure, that it has nothing to do with who he is, that it is neither Indian nor American but, of all things, Russian. He hates having to live with it, with a pet name turned good name, day after day, second after second ... At times his name, an entity shapeless and weightless, manages nevertheless to distress him physically, like the scratchy tag of a shirt he has been forced permanently to wear. At times he wishes he could disguise it, shorten it somehow, the way the other Indian boy in his school, Jayadev, had got people to call him Jay. But Gogol, already short and catchy, resists mutation.'

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