David Beckham

by ethnic on January 25, 2015

Birth Name: David Robert Joseph Beckham

Place of Birth: Waltham Forest, Essex, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 2 May, 1975

*75% English
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish

David Beckham is a British footballer. He is the son of Sandra Georgina (West) and David Edward Alan Beckham. David is married to businessperson and singer Victoria Beckham. They have four children, including Brooklyn Beckham, who has worked as a photographer and model.

David’s father, and maternal grandmother, are of English descent. David’s maternal grandfather was Jewish, and David has described himself as “half Jewish”, and has said, “I’ve probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion”. During his childhood, David’s family also went to a church, so David could play football for their team.

David was selected People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2015. David is the second English-born man to have been given this title by the magazine (Jude Law, in 2004, is the first). David is also one of three men of significant Jewish heritage to have thus far been given the title (Harrison Ford, in 1998, is the first, and Adam Levine, in 2013, is the second).

David’s paternal grandfather is Aubrey Edward Jack Beckham (the son of Edward Charles Beckham and Queenie Violet Eldridge). Aubrey was born in Lambeth, London. David’s great-grandfather Edward was the son of William John Beckham and Harriet Fletcher. Queenie was the daughter of John Eldridge and Rose Caroline D. Alderman.

David’s paternal grandmother was Doris May Hamilton (the daughter of Charles Theodore Hamilton and Emily Beatrice Bartlett). Doris was born in West Ham, Essex. Charles was the son of Charles William Hamilton and Laura Croot. Emily was the daughter of William Henry Charles Bartlett and Charlotte Elizabeth Parkes.

David’s maternal grandfather was Joseph West (the son of James Walter West and Hannah Llewellyn). Joseph was born in London City, London, and was raised in a Jewish household.

David’s maternal grandmother was Margaret Jean Wiggins (the daughter of Ernest Albert Wiggins and Rose Aldrich). Margaret was born in Islington, London. Ernest was the son of Joseph Wiggins and Mary Ann Elizabeth Matkin. Rose was the daughter of Charles Aldrich and Elizabeth Jelliman.

Sources: Genealogies of David Beckham – http://www.wargs.com

David’s paternal great-great-grandparents, William John Beckham and Harriet Fletcher, on the 1901 England and Wales Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of David’s maternal grandfather, Joseph West – https://www.thejc.com

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andrew October 11, 2017 at 4:49 am
madman October 11, 2017 at 12:48 am

Are “West” and “Llewellyn” common Jewish surnames?

follers October 11, 2017 at 6:42 am

There are several obituaries of Hannah West in the Jewish Chronicle, of the U.K. She had a Jewish funeral.

It’s possible that she was a convert, but I think these are more British name changes, along the lines of Andrew Garfield’s great-uncle, Kelly Savage, Paul Rudd’s Rudd and Granville lines, or Robert Kazinsky’s mother, a Redfern.

andrew October 11, 2017 at 1:14 pm

Llewellyn is a typical Welsh surname though. It could have been originally Levy, Levine or something. Btw Joseph West was def. Jewish: https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/jewish-funeral-for-beckham-s-grandfather-1.12959

Also I think David could have some Scottish ancestry on his “Hamilton” line. It’s a typical Scottish surname.

madman November 27, 2016 at 2:06 am

William John Beckham and Harriet Fletcher were born in St Saviour, Jersey.

follers November 27, 2016 at 10:58 pm

What makes you say that? Just about every family tree on ancestry.com has them born in England, usually in London or Surrey. Their own parents were English-born, too. Their surnames are not French.

madman November 28, 2016 at 2:33 am

Geni.com and wargs.com made me say that. However, they were probably of English descent wherever they were born.

follers November 28, 2016 at 3:13 am

Oh yes, sorry. Well, the census is probably right that they were born in London.

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