Term: Lake Waubesa [origin of place name]
Definition: Swan (V.) Corruption of wabisi, the Chippewa word for swan. Wau-bih-zee = swan wau-bih-sa = white bird or "thing flies along" (W.) Named by Dr. Lyman C. Draper about 1855, and legalized by Legislature Feb. 14, 1855. Before that, the body of water was called Sa-hoo-cha-te-la, meaning "lake of the rushes".
[Source: Wis. Hist. Collections, v.10, p. 67; Milwaukee Sentinel, Jun. 29, 1953.]