Vladimir's family was of Russian and Zaporozhian Cossack descent on his father's side and Ukrainian on his mother's.
Vladimir Mayakovsky was born on July 19, 1893, in Baghdati, Kutais Governorate, Russian Empire (present-day Baghdati, Georgia). He was a son of Vladimir Konstantinovich Mayakovsky, a forester, and Alexandra Alexeyevna (Pavlenko) Mayakovskaya, a housewife. Vladimir also had two sisters — Olga and Lyudmila, the latter was a textile designer and teacher.
When Vladimir's father died in 1906, the family moved to Moscow. This was to be Mayakovsky's city until his death.