Abay Kunanbayev
(1845 - 1904)
He was born in the Chingiz foothills of the Chingiz volost, the Semipalatinsk district of the West Siberian governorate general (since 1845, the Semipalatinsk region) (according to the current administrative division in the Abai district of the East Kazakhstan region) in the family of a large buoy Kunanbai Oskenbaev (Uskenbaev) of the Kazakh tribe of Tokenyty . The Abai family belonged to the local nobility; grandfather (Oskenbay) and great-grandfather (Irgizbay) dominated in their family as rulers and biys.