High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Kosmodemyansky family name was constructed by joining the names of Saints Cosmas and Damian (Kosma and Demyan in Russian). KOsmodemyansky were priests of Russian Orthodox Church since 17th century. ZOya's grandfather Saint Pyotr Kosmodemyansky was murdered in 1918 by a militant for his opposition to blasphemy. ZOya (her name is a Russian form of the Greek name Zoe, which means "life") was born in 1923 in the village of Osino-Guy (meaning Aspen Woods), not far from the city of Tambov. HEr father, Anatoly Kosmodemyansky, studied in a theological seminary, but did not graduate. HE later worked as a librarian. HEr mother, Lyubov Kosmodemyanskaya (maiden name Churikova), was a school teacher. IN 1925 Zoya's brother Alexander was born.