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Acceptable ways to write it: bayat (byt)

The letter bayat (𐤁) or B/b is the second letter in the Afroasiatic language known as Paleo-Hebrew (Ābarayat). The letter has been equated with the letter B and the letter V in the English language. However, the letter V is mostly associated with Modern Hebrew because of the sound, whereas it originally came from a branch of the Paleo-Hebrew letter we associate with U in the English language.

The Paleo-Hebrew language or the original language of the Ābarayam is one spoken with an emphasis on the rauakh (breath, wind, spirit). With the language of the Ābarayam, each letter has a meaning and a number associated with it that adds meaning to each word they’re used with. Below you will be able to learn more about the letter in Ancient Hebrew, Yiddish Hebrew, Greek, and much more.

Letter Meanings

𐤁 (b) – baHouse, family, “in”
PrefixConverts a word into “Family of” or “in…”, “at…” “with…”
SuffixNot applicable

Based on the meaning of the letters the word could be defined as:

  • “house of…”
  • “family of…”
  • “in…”

Definitions for 𐤁 / b


house, family, tent, inside;
Prefix: Converts a word into "Family of" or "in...", "at..." "with..."

EnglishB bb/'bi:/

the second letter and the first consonant of the modern English alphabet.




medium, bring

GreekΒ βb[b]

the second letter of the Greek alpha-beta

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History of Meaning

The pictograph for bayat is the floorplan of a tent. The Ābarayam lived in goat-hair tents, which were divided into two halves, male and female sections, and divided by a wall. The picture of the letter is a representation of the floor plan of the tent. The tent was the place where the family laid their “bed”.

History of the Letter B

The letter B was introduced in 1979 BCE (1946 ). On its side, the letter B makes the image of a home, complete with a roof, door, and windows. In Egypt, the letter B sounded like the “h” in modern-day English and meant “shelter.” From earliest times, the letter retained second place in all the European alphabets except the Cyrillic. The earliest form of the letter appears on the Moabite Stone, dating from the 9th century BCE. Early Greek forms gave way to intermediate Greek and Latin renditions that were virtually identical to the modern B. From the 2nd century CE the sound in Latin shows evidence of confusion in spelling between b and v.

History of the Letter V

The letter V was introduced in 1386 CE (5311 ). The Romans (Latin) did not differentiate between “V” and “U” sounds. Even Shakespeare used “Us” in place of “V’s” in his plays and poems. Capital “V’sat the start of words started to appear in the 1400s. It was not required in Latin to represent the bilabial semivowel (w), for the Latins had taken the letter V to represent both this sound and the corresponding vowel (u).

During the Late Middle Ages, two minuscule glyphs developed which were both used for sounds including /u/ and modern /v/. The pointed form “v” was written at the beginning of a word, while a rounded form “u” was used in the middle or end, regardless of sound. So whereas “valour” and “excuse” appeared as in modern printing, “have” and “upon” were printed as “haue” and “vpon”.

Definitions for 𐤁𐤉 / bay

When adding the 𐤉 (yad) to the end of a word, it creates a possessive of the original word. It can either signify “my…” or identify a member of a nation. For example, 𐤏𐤁𐤓 (Ābar) is the progenitor, but 𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤉 (Ābaray) is the singular descendant of him also known as a Hebrew.


I pray, excuse me, alas, O, oh;
my family, my house, house;
having qualities of a family


(used as an exclamation to express sorrow, grief, pity, concern, or apprehension of evil.)


I pray, excuse me


I, me, myself, self, I'm


me, my

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Definitions for 𐤁𐤉𐤌 / bayam

When adding the 𐤌 (mayam) after the 𐤉 (yad) to the end of a word, it creates a plural of the original word. It can identify multiple members of a nation. For example, 𐤏𐤁𐤓 (Ābar) is the progenitor, but 𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤉𐤌 (Ābarayam) are the plural descendants of him also known as Hebrews.


families, houses, tents


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Definitions for 𐤁𐤉𐤕 / bayat

When adding the (tau) after the 𐤉 (yad) to the end of a word, it creates a plural of the original word. It identifies the language or a sign of a nation’s existence. For example, 𐤏𐤁𐤓 (Ābar) is the progenitor, but 𐤏𐤁𐤓𐤉𐤕 (Ābarayat) is the language of him also known as Paleo-Hebrew language.


house, court, door, dungeon, family, forth of, great as would contain, hangings;
Also, the second letter in the Abarayam alaph-bayat.


a building in which people live; residence for human beings.




home, residence, dwelling, hearth, fireside, penates

Greekοἶκος / οἰκίαoikos / oikiaoy'-kos / oy-kee'-ah

(a) a house, the material building, (b) a household, family, lineage, nation. /
a house, household, dwelling; meton: goods, property, means.

Images for 𐤁𐤉𐤕 / bayat


You can continue your studies of the words by viewing Strong’s entries for:

  • Arauakah Ābarayat #597
  • Strong’s Hebrew #
  • Strong’s Greek Concordance #
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