US teen found her long-lost dad on Facebook - and discovered she's been pronouncing her own name wrong her whole life

A teen found her long-lost dad on Facebook - and discovered she's been pronouncing her own name wrong her whole life. Lisa Mercanoglu, 18, had accepted life with just one parent, her mother Princess Wilkins, after her biological father left when she was three. But after Googling his name just to try and verify the spelling, she stumbled across his Facebook account and sent him a DM. Two days later, Lisa's father Cengis Mercanoglu responded with a flurry of excited messages, revealing that she had two siblings and nephews. He also revealed that she had been pronouncing her name wrongly her whole life - that it was 'Mer-Jon-o-Loo' in Turkish, not 'Mer-Can-o-Glu'. Waitress Lisa said: "I wasn't nervous at the time because for some reason the entire situation still didn't seem real. "It felt like a long dream that I had yet to wake up from." Lisa's mother Princess, 48, met her father Cengis, 54, at a marina in Long Beach Island, New Jersey, USA, where she worked in maintenance and he sold fuel to boat crews. They quickly fell for each other, and it wasn't long before Princess became pregnant. The couple stayed together, but Princess raised newborn Lisa and her brother Lenroy Letts, 24, on her own, until Cengis' visa expired three years later. Cengis had to return to Turkey and left the mum-of-two with a phone number and the hope they would stay in contact, but they lost touch. The videos featured within this compilation were filmed within May 2021.

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