Ivan was born on August 25, 1530 in Russia in the city of Kolomenskoe (Giuliano and Perón 517), near Moscow. His father, Vasiliy, was a Boyar, which is another word for a noble. His mother was a princess and her name was Helen (Axelrod and Phillips 148). They both moved to Moscow with Ivan. Ivan would stay here and live here for the majority of his life.