GEDI 2017 – Name Stories

What is the story behind your name?

Name: Qualla Jo

Who came up with it: Both my parents I believe, but I suspect my father had the most influence on it.
Meaning, significance and story: My parents named both my brother and I after a person and a place. I am named Qualla after the Qualla Boundary which is the area in which the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians currently lives in western North Carolina. I am a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and Qualla is also where we lived before the Trail of Tears.  Jo is my paternal grandmother’s first name and so I became Qualla Jo.

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