It comes from an old onomatopoeiac word, seamew, for a seagull, but more usually in UK English for the Common Gull. It also was used in US English, quite often for any gull, and so when it was applied more to the Mew Gull, the word was shortened. Apparently, a similar-sounding word with the same meaning and origin exists in Bulgarian. Several aircraft have borne the name Seamew: the Supermarine Seamew, an amphibian seaplane, the Short Seamew, an anti-submarine aircraft and the Curtiss SO3C Seamew, a World War II floatplane.What does Mew mean ? Mew sounds like a Pokémon 🤨
HMS Seamew also was the name of two ships of the Royal Navy.