Significance, abbreviations, and contractions
B stands for the second in the order of things.
b. may stand for “born” or “date of birth”, e.g., the Right Hon. Richard Bedford Bennett, b. 3 July 1870.
As an abbreviation, B.A. or BA after a name is a bachelor of arts degree.
B’y is a contraction for “boy” in Newfoundland English. (“I’s the b’y that builds the boat” is a popular folk song.)
Bye in “good bye” is also a contraction. “Good bye” means “God be with you”.
“Bye-bye” is a further contraction.