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Pairing: Liam Payne/Niall Horan
Alternative name(s): Niam
Gender category: m/m
Fandom: One Direction
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: minor
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Niam is the ship name for One Direction members Liam Payne and Niall Horan. It is the third most popular pairing for both Liam and Niall.[1] Overall, it is the sixth-most popular out of the ten intraband pairings (including Zayn).[2]

For his part, I think Liam is Niall’s sounding board too. Liam seems to know a lot about how Niall views himself as a person which makes me think they’ve talked quite a bit about anything and everything and also deep stuff. I think Niam have a very similar dynamic to Zouis and Narry in that Niall and Liam are very very even in their relationship.[3]

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  1. On AO3, as of 2 Aug 2015, 1794 fanworks tagged Niall/Liam. This sits above Liam/Harry (1119 works) and Niall/Louis (872 works). See also the Relationship tag filters on the Niall and Liam works pages.
  2. See File:1d slash popularity per month.png, data captured from AO3 on July 2, 2015.
  3. bakagamieru, what do you like about ziall and niam?, 12 April 2015

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