Hikaru is a Japanese unisex name meaning “light” with the kanji 光 or “brightness” with the kanji 輝. Because it’s a unisex name, some kanji characters are used specifically for females while others are used for males only. Some kanji characters used for females are: 光佳留 “light + beautiful, good, excellent + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 光流 “light + to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander”; 光海 “light + sea, ocean”; 光留 “light + to stay, to keep, to remain, to study abroad”; 妃夏瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + summer + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃華瑠 “a rulers wife, queen, empress + flower, splendor + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 妃香瑠 “a ruler’s wife, queen, empress + fragrance, fragrant + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; while some kanji used for men are: 光琉 “light + precious stone, gem, lapis lazuli”; 太陽 “sun”; 晃 “clear”; and 流星 “to flow, current, flow, stream; to drift, to wander + star”; 弘明 “to spread, enlarge, expand, great + clear, tomorrow, bright”; and many more depending on the kanji.
Neva is a female with a variety of meanings and origins such as:
- is a short form of Geneva, which itself could be a short form of Genevieve derived from a medieval name, Genovefa, which is of uncertain origin though it could be derived from Germanic elements kuni (kin, family) and wefa (wife, woman). It might also be derived from Gaulish, composed of Celtic genos (kin, family) with an unknown element;
- Geneva is also the name of a city in Switzerland (also spelled Genava in Latin) which might be derived from Celtic genu meaning “bend, knee” or “mouth” referring to an estuary or a bending river;
- Neva is also the name of a river that runs from Russia to the Gulf of Finland. The name could be derived from Finnish nevo meaning “sea” though I’ve also seen it listed as coming from Finnish neva meaning “marsh”. Another possible origin is Swedish ny from Old Norse nýr meaning “new”;
- As well as being a given name, Neva is also a Finnish surname, referring to someone who lived near a marsh or a bog;
- Neva is also a Spanish word meaning “snow” derived from Latin.
Origin: Germanic, Gaulish, Finnish, Old Norse, Latin