I wish him a long and blessed Papacy (and I’m a Protestant). He’s certainly a young-looking 76 years old.
I’m actually surprised that none of the previous Popes chose Francis as their papal name.
I saw one report that Cardinal O'Malley was also thinking of taking the name Francis if he was chosen. As a Franciscan (Capuchin) that would be natural.
There were two major Jesuit saints named Francis--Francis Xavier, who is better known, and Francis Borgia (a descendant of the Borgia pope, Alexander VI). Francis Borgia was a widower when he joined the Jesuits--one of his descendants became Queen of England (Catherine of Braganza, wife of King Charles II).
Great observation.. I am also surprised this our first Pope Francis after Assisi... a wonderful Saint of the Church. So many have taken the name of Francis in honor of Assisi during confirmation... nice to finally have a Pope that does the same.