The name 'N Sync comes from the last letter each member's first name. The second N comes from Lance Bass' nickname, Lansten.
So why the star? It was added at the suggestion of Israeli illusionist Uri Geller, who believes in the power of symbolism. "We sat down and I wrote, on a napkin, NSYNC, and I drew a star in the cafe [in London's Covent Garden]." Geller recalled to The Huffington Post
in 2015. "And I told them, if they place that star on their first CD, they're going to shoot up to #1."
Geller added that he "thought that a star would bring them that connection to see the synchronicities of the universe of success," continuing, "I think drawing and writing down their name and creating that star gave them that subliminal push to go for it."
Geller wasn't quite right. 'N Sync's first self-titled CD ended up reaching #2 on the US album chart.