Midland got its name because it was originally created as a depot halfway between El Paso and Fort Worth. Odessa is named after a city of the same name in Ukraine because of its similar terrain. Everything has a story and when you're the first to come across something or to create it-you get the benefit of being the one who gets to name it. That's the benefit of being the first one in with any situation-you are the decision-maker over everything. (I do sometimes wonder where some of the unusual names of certain places and things came from-what kind of mind we were dealing with when it was conceived).

Typically if you're from here you learned the origins of the town names in school when you were young. If you're a transplant like me you learn it from the locals. Either that or the internet. But what if these two towns didn't have those names? What if they had been named something completely different? What if the two cities had been named after something to do with the oil industry? Pump Jack Texas? Fracking Texas?

Let's turn it over to YOU. What would these two towns be named if they didn't have their current names? Would it be something oil-related? Wind-related? Or names from the first settlers of the region? Or maybe something after the wild wild west? I also wonder if the names had been different, would they have stuck or would they have gotten changed from the originals based on new generations? Comment below and tell us what YOU would pick!

KEEP READING: Here are the most popular baby names in every state

Using March 2019 data from the Social Security Administration, Stacker compiled a list of the most popular names in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C., according to their 2018 SSA rankings. The top five boy names and top five girl names are listed for each state, as well as the number of babies born in 2018 with that name. Historically common names like Michael only made the top five in three states, while the less common name Harper ranks in the top five for 22 states.

Curious what names are trending in your home state? Keep reading to see if your name made the top five -- or to find inspiration for naming your baby.

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To determine the most popular biblical baby names, Stacker consulted the name origin site Behind the Name and the Social Security Administration's baby names database then ranked the top 50 names from Behind the Name's Biblical Names origins list of 564 names, based on how many babies had been given these names in 2019. Click through to find out which biblical names have stood the test of time.

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