Question About Pope Name

Can a Pope choose any name that he wants?

Can the next Pope be say, for example, Zosimus, Evaristus, or Hilarius?

Perhaps Pope Simplicius II will be our next pope!

:D:D

As far as I am aware, the newly-elected pope is able to choose any name he wishes. Many I think take a name that they hope will symbolize what they choose to accomplish during their reign or to honor a predecessor (i.e. John Paul II).

The custom is that a pope may choose any name except Peter, out of respect for the first.

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