It is also part of the larger Milwaukee-Racine-Waukesha combined statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,026,243 in the 2010 census.The first Europeans to pass through the area were French Catholic missionaries and fur traders.Alexis Laframboise, in 1785, coming from Michilimackinac (now in Michigan) settled a trading post; therefore, he is the first European descent resident of the Milwaukee region.
The county seat of Milwaukee County, it is on Lake Michigan's western shore.
The name "Milwaukee" comes from an Algonquian word Millioke, meaning "Good", "Beautiful" and "Pleasant Land" (cf.
Potawatomi language minwaking, Ojibwe language ominowakiing) or "Gathering place [by the water]" (cf.
Potawatomi language manwaking, Ojibwe language omaniwakiing). The first recorded inhabitants of the Milwaukee area are the Menominee, Fox, Mascouten, Sauk, Potawatomi, Ojibwe (all Algic/Algonquian peoples) and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago, a Siouan people) Native American tribes.
Many of these people had lived around Green Bay before migrating to the Milwaukee area around the time of European contact.