Life was not always easy for their ancestors who include labourers, railway porters, a saddle maker, pearl button maker and blind basket maker
They make up the world’s most famous boy band with a combined wealth of £25million.
But life was not always easy for ancestors of the five members of One Direction who include labourers, railway porters, a saddle maker, pearl button maker and blind basket maker.
One relative overcame being deaf and mute to run a successful barber’s shop business.
Research by family history website Ancestry.co.uk shows Harry Styles may not have been born had his great-great-great grandad Martin Boon not survived an horrific accident in 1893.
Inn-keeper Martin was driving a friend home late at night when his horse and cart smashed into a pile of manure left in the road.
The cart was badly damaged and Martin, aged 56, suffered terrible injuries and almost died. But he went on to make a full recovery.
Harry’s ancestors were mostly farm labourers based in Norfolk.
Records show his great-great-great-great grandad Robert Dennington,33, was involved in a scuffle over a pint of beer in 1859 and stole a black coat two years later.
Liam Payne’s granddad Douglas Harris had his own bread delivery round in Birmingham when he wed in 1950.
Four of Liam’s great-great granddads worked on the railways - two were railway porters, one was a labourer and Harry Harris was a railway coach hand driller.
Liam’s great great great granddad Michael Biddulph followed in his dad John’s footsteps to become a barber in Birmingham - despite being deaf and mute.
Another of his great-great-great granddads William Hopkins worked as a pearl button maker in Birmingham.
Liam’s great grandmother Rosina Biddulph was a leather stitcher and later a screw worker when she married in 1929.
Louis’s great-great-great-great grandad William Poulston was a basket maker in Manchester despite being blind.
Part of Louis’s family lived in Belgium until the 1880s.
Guitar-playing Niall Horan hails from a long line of labourers and farmers, mostly based in his native County Westmeath in Ireland.
Zayn Malik’s ancestors include masons and shoe makers while great-great-great-great-granddad Adam Bromley was a hawker.
Ancestry.co.uk content manager Miriam Silverman said: “From basket makers to barbers, the boys from One Direction have a varied and rich family history.
"It just goes to show when it comes to family history there are many different directions waiting to be explored.”