God be with ye(God be with you). The "good" came about through comparison as a greeting with "good morning" etc. Answer Strictly speaking, goodbye came from "God be with ye. "Ye" is the second person plural or formal singular nominative of "you" (it is a great pity the singular form of you "thee" became redundant) and is a later form of the Old English ge. The use of "ye" to represent an archaic form of "the " is incorrect.