Did you ever wonder what the first registered domain was? Here is a list of the “First 100″ registered domains.

October 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Domain Knowledgebase, Domain News, General

Here are some interesting facts about the history of Domain names and the Domain Name System:

  • In 1984 the Domain Name System (DNS) was created which defined how domain names could be translated to a corresponding numeric IP address.
  • In 1985 the first Top Level Domains (TLD) were defined (which consisted of .COM, .ORG, .EDU, .GOV, .MIL, and ccTLD).
  • In April 1985 cmu.edu, purdue.edu, rice.edu and ucla.edu were the first registered domain names.

Did you know that the oldest domain name is now over 25 years old?

  • Symbolics.COM was the first .COM domain, which was registered on March 15 1985, which makes 2010 its 25th year anniversary!
    The domain is still active but changed hands last year and is now owned by Aron Meystedt of XF.com Investments.
  • CSS.GOV was the first .GOV domain, which was registered in June 1985
  • Mitre.ORG was the first .ORG domain, which was registered in July 1985
  • Nordu.NET was registered in Jan 1985

Over the last 25 years we have seen an explosion in number of domains registered. There are for more than 125,000,000 active domains not counting the ccTLD worldwide domains, and that number is growing at a rate of about several million domains per month! But it’s worth remembering the first domains that paved the way for the rest of us.

Here’s the list of the first 100 .COM domain names:

Rank Domain Name Registered On Age Yrs
1 SYMBOLICS.COM 03/15/1985 25.6
2 BBN.COM 04/24/1985 25.5
3 THINK.COM 05/24/1985 25.4
4 MCC.COM 07/11/1985 25.3
5 DEC.COM 09/30/1985 25.0
6 NORTHROP.COM 11/07/1985 24.9
7 XEROX.COM 01/09/1986 24.8
8 SRI.COM 01/17/1986 24.7
9 HP.COM 03/03/1986 24.6
10 BELLCORE.COM 03/05/1986 24.6
11 IBM.COM 03/19/1986 24.6
12 SUN.COM 03/19/1986 24.6
13 INTEL.COM 03/25/1986 24.5
14 TI.COM 03/25/1986 24.5
15 ATT.COM 04/25/1986 24.5
16 GMR.COM 05/08/1986 24.4
17 TEK.COM 05/08/1986 24.4
18 FMC.COM 07/10/1986 24.3
19 UB.COM 07/10/1986 24.3
20 BELL-ATL.COM 08/05/1986 24.2
21 GE.COM 08/05/1986 24.2
22 GREBYN.COM 08/05/1986 24.2
23 ISC.COM 08/05/1986 24.2
24 NSC.COM 08/05/1986 24.2
25 STARGATE.COM 08/05/1986 24.2
26 BOEING.COM 09/02/1986 24.1
27 ITCORP.COM 09/18/1986 24.1
28 SIEMENS.COM 09/29/1986 24.0
29 PYRAMID.COM 10/18/1986 24.0
30 ALPHACDC.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
31 BDM.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
32 FLUKE.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
33 INMET.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
34 KESMAI.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
35 MENTOR.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
36 NEC.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
37 RAY.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
38 ROSEMOUNT.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
39 VORTEX.COM 10/27/1986 24.0
40 ALCOA.COM 11/05/1986 23.9
41 GTE.COM 11/05/1986 23.9
42 ADOBE.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
43 AMD.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
44 DAS.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
45 DATA-IO.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
46 OCTOPUS.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
47 PORTAL.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
48 TELTONE.COM 11/17/1986 23.9
49 3COM.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
50 AMDAHL.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
51 CCUR.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
52 CI.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
53 CONVERGENT.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
54 DG.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
55 PEREGRINE.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
56 QUAD.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
57 SQ.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
58 TANDY.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
59 TTI.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
60 UNISYS.COM 12/11/1986 23.8
61 CGI.COM 01/19/1987 23.7
62 CTS.COM 01/19/1987 23.7
63 SPDCC.COM 01/19/1987 23.7
64 APPLE.COM 02/19/1987 23.6
65 NMA.COM 03/04/1987 23.6
66 PRIME.COM 03/04/1987 23.6
67 PHILIPS.COM 04/04/1987 23.5
68 DATACUBE.COM 04/23/1987 23.5
69 KAI.COM 04/23/1987 23.5
70 TIC.COM 04/23/1987 23.5
71 VINE.COM 04/23/1987 23.5
72 NCR.COM 04/30/1987 23.4
73 CISCO.COM 05/14/1987 23.4
74 RDL.COM 05/14/1987 23.4
75 SLB.COM 05/20/1987 23.4
76 PARCPLACE.COM 05/27/1987 23.4
77 UTC.COM 05/27/1987 23.4
78 IDE.COM 06/26/1987 23.3
79 TRW.COM 07/09/1987 23.3
80 UNIPRESS.COM 07/13/1987 23.2
81 DUPONT.COM 07/27/1987 23.2
82 LOCKHEED.COM 07/27/1987 23.2
83 ROSETTA.COM 07/28/1987 23.2
84 TOAD.COM 08/18/1987 23.1
85 QUICK.COM 08/31/1987 23.1
86 ALLIED.COM 09/03/1987 23.1
87 DSC.COM 09/03/1987 23.1
88 SCO.COM 09/03/1987 23.1
89 GENE.COM 09/22/1987 23.1
90 KCCS.COM 09/22/1987 23.1
91 SPECTRA.COM 09/22/1987 23.1
92 WLK.COM 09/22/1987 23.1
93 MENTAT.COM 09/30/1987 23.0
94 WYSE.COM 10/14/1987 23.0
95 CFG.COM 11/02/1987 22.9
96 MARBLE.COM 11/09/1987 22.9
97 CAYMAN.COM 11/16/1987 22.9
98 ENTITY.COM 11/16/1987 22.9
99 KSR.COM 11/24/1987 22.9
100 NYNEXST.COM 11/30/1987 22.9

A couple of personal observations and interesting facts I’d want to point out are:
a) Of this list of first one hundred .COM domains registered, only two domains rank in the Top-100 Alexa listing today. They are Apple.com and Adobe.com
b) The three earliest registered domains have all changed hands, which mean no one entity has held a domain longer than 25 years. That will likely change soon.

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