Beckham's maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Beckham has referred to himself as "half Jewish".
Beckham was born on May 2, 1975, at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, London, England. He is the son of Sandra Georgina (née West), a hairdresser, and David Edward Alan "Ted" Beckham, a kitchen fitter, who married in the London Borough of Hackney in 1969. He has an older sister, Lynne Georgina, and a younger sister, Joanne Louise.
His parents were fanatical Manchester United supporters who frequently traveled to Old Trafford from London to attend the team's home matches. David inherited his parents' love of Manchester United, and his main sporting passion was football.