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.