I've run across the abbreviated name "B." in the oldest church books I am working with. I don't think I've seen it used after around the middle of the 17th century, but I've seen it in entries in the marriage and funeral books between the 1570s and 1640. These are the oldest people still alive at the time, so they'd have been born likely before 1570, and at a time before baptism records were kept, so I cannot see their baptismal names. So far, I've noticed the following:
I have only seen this abbreviated name style for "B."; no other letter.
Was there some common "B" name such that an abbreviated "B" would make sense? What name did this indicate?
Examples in context: