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.

caligurl2 July 14, 2016 at 10:28 am

Haha I love it, all the British models and footballers keep turning out to be partly or fully Jewish. Greg Sulkin, Stephen James, Beckham, David Gandy. Wonder what the “anglo saxon” purist have to say about that xD

Tyler Durden July 14, 2016 at 10:45 am

A lot of the actors yea. Andrew Garfield is another. I’m really curious about Tom Holland. He looks……Jewishy.

follers July 14, 2016 at 11:01 pm

I don’t think either Gandy or Holland have Jewish ancestry.

Holland has the coloring of his father, a devout Catholic comedian, and the looks of his mother, who is probably of English, Protestant, descent.

Holland does resemble Garfield somewhat.

andrew July 14, 2016 at 6:50 pm

how is Gandy Jewish?

phaedra March 12, 2016 at 12:55 am

He’s not attractive.

andrew March 12, 2016 at 3:29 am
ashash March 12, 2016 at 9:20 am


HamarFFox November 18, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I can’t find any details on his mother’s side. Do you know whether his great grandfather (James Walter West) anglicised his family name (but still married Jewish)? Is Beckham’s grandfather full Ashkenazi, even though his mother is unknown and his father has a very English name? Still, he describes himself as ‘half-Jewish,” so I’m not sure what to make of it. I suppose he just means that one of his parents practiced Judaism and the other didn’t.

follers November 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Many English Jewish families changed their surnames (see the family trees of Paul Rudd, Dean Collins, Robert Kazinsky, etc.). I suspect Beckham’s grandfather’s family also changed their surname.

Beckham’s maternal grandfather died around December 2, 2009, at the age of 83. He had a Jewish funeral. His grandfather’s mother’s obituary was in The Jewish Chronicle.

tyr July 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

Looks like Ryan Gosling here

Serpent November 11, 2014 at 11:50 pm

You are dumb and please learn how to spell.

andrew April 16, 2014 at 6:49 am

one thing, you should put English before Jewish.

follers April 16, 2014 at 7:23 am

I tried it another way.

andrew April 16, 2014 at 2:28 pm
Megan April 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Wow, what is all this dissing?

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

he looks like Kyle Brohlowski (I ment Boris).

nnnnn December 17, 2012 at 1:08 am

There’s a great ammounts of Scandinavian blood in English genetics.

athelya November 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

no.. theres great amount of celtic blood.. only a small amount of england has scandinavian blood meaning germanic

levangelista36 July 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

So . . . is it safe to say he is not white since he is Jewish?

athelya November 18, 2015 at 8:40 am
sarahle November 18, 2015 at 10:35 am

let me ask this way…
pretend you don’t know his background… what would you say? white, black, etc?

btw, who the freaking f cares about skin colour?
our blood is red.

levangelista36 July 26, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I feel like this site borderlines on having weird racial purist views and some of them akin to white supremacists.

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 2:03 am

What about Ethiopian Jews, or Lanny Kravitz and Lise Bonet?

Worldgrl November 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

I’m have indo and that is a summation word ( to make thingsss easier and to indicate what kind/s of ancestry or history …in one word)

Ariana decir-gracias! August 6, 2011 at 11:01 am

David is a good player! Too bad he dont play anymore! :((

Jana July 31, 2010 at 1:55 pm

He’s attractive, but I don’t think he’s handsome….and he’s egotistical and arrogant.

Alfonso July 12, 2010 at 4:55 am

Would agree with this 100%.

Blahblahblah July 2, 2010 at 5:15 am

Daivd Beckham is a complete tosser.

Erica July 2, 2010 at 12:35 am

David Beckham is BEYOND sexy!

Lina July 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm

He’s a 100% heavenly!

Anonymous January 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm

snore, haha jkjk hes a fine mix.

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