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The first person the young Gurdjieff consults to try to find an explanation of the phenomenon of Yezidis being unable to get out of a circle drawn around them.
The surname Ananyev goes back to the canonical male name Ananiy, which in Hebrew means "marked by the grace of God." Alternatively, Anan (from the Hebrew 'merciful') and Ananias (in the same language means 'God Yahweh is merciful').
In the old days, this name was widespread among the peasantry. However, there is also a dialect word "ananya" meaning "affectionate, flattering person"—a kind of fox-pretend. In this case, the surname Ananyev was formed from a nickname that indicated the characteristics of a person's character.
Hieromartyr Ananias, who was recognized as one of the Seventy Apostles, Bishop of Damascus, was considered the patron saint of the name Ananias. According to legend, Ananias went from Damascus to Eleutheropol and there, showing the people the way to salvation and healing the sick, he converted many to faith in Christ. There, the ruler Lucian, worshiping idols, ordered the people to take Ananias, take him out of the city and stone him, which is why he died a martyr's death.
Pavlov is the person to whose house Gurdjieff goes to discuss the Yezidi phenomenon and where he meets with a group of vodka drinkers.
Pavlov, a common Russian name, means "son of Paul." It is likely here that Gurdjieff choose this name in reference to Ivan Pavlov, the Nobel Prize-winning Russian physiologist noted for his conditioning experiments with dogs (Wikipedia Page).
Father Maxim was the Deacon of the fortress church in Alexandropol and one of the group who Gurdjieff consults in respect of the Yezidi phenomenon.
The n ame Maxim is from maxim, which is an axiom, a statement of a self-evident truth.
Artemin is an artillery officer and one of the people among a group of others whom Gurdjieff consults about the phenomenon of Yezidis and circles.
The name Artemin probably means dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, wild animals and nature.
Captain Terentiev is one of the group of people with whom Gurdjieff discusses the phenomenon of the Yezidis trapped within circles.
The name Terentiev means persistent and also tiresome (from the Latin terence meaning importunate, tiresome).
The teacher Stolmakh is one of the group of vodka drinkers whose opinion Gurdjieff seeks about the Yzeidi phenomenon. The name Stolmakh means "pillars." Teachers are, normally, pillars of society.