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David Beckham

Last updated: 2004-06-02

David Beckham

David Beckham

In the last couple of years, the UK's most famous footballer has been giving details about his Jewish roots. Here at SomethingJewish, we're not shy when it comes to recognising members of the tribe, however distant they may be and exploring that connection.


In David's case, his Jewish ancestry comes courtesy of his grandfather, Joseph West, on his mother Sandra's side.


In his first autobiography My World, which was serialised in OK! Magazine, David was quoted as saying; "I've probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion."


He also said that he has been to synagogue on a number of occasions. "I used to wear the traditional Jewish skullcaps when I was younger, and I also went along to some Jewish weddings with my grandfather."


More recently, in David's autobiography My Side, he revealed that his father Ted also had a Jewish link, albeit a footballing one, as he used to play semi-professionally for Wingate Finchley.


Six things that tell us why David Beckham is Jewish


1. He was born in Essex, home to one of the biggest Jewish populations in the UK.


2. He named his son Brooklyn which is of course, one of the biggest Jewish areas of New York. Of course rumours that he planned to call his son Borough Park (after the ultra-orthodox area of New York) were unfounded.


3. Like any good Jewish boy, David has an association with Marks and Spencer - in his case, he endorses a range of clothes for children.


4. David has a close connection with OK! Magazine, run by another famous Jew, publisher Richard Desmond.


5. When he married Victoria, aka Posh Spice, they had a big elaborate wedding - as beloved by many Jewish couples.


6. He admits to not being a beer drinker, saying instead he prefers a nice glass of wine or Pepsi.