UPDATED: The 100 oldest registered dot com, org, net, edu domains

Posted by Rick C. Hodgin

Chicago (IL) - Ever wonder what the oldest registered .com domain is on the Internet? After all, they haven't always existed. In fact, it was just 24 years ago this month that the oldest domain was registered. It was www.symbolics.com, owned by the Symbolics, Inc. company who, back in the day, was a leading software development firm with software projects designed back in the 1980s which appear very much like modern software designs seen today. For example, they had developed a fully object-oriented operating system called Genera, which today still exists as Open Genera, for Alpha CPUs. Their domain was registered on March 15, 1985 -- when the Internet was brand new.




SLIDESHOW:

Internet growth Chart, 1985 - 2008

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Top 100 list, along with current Top 1 Million ranking:


Ranking

001 = Oldest


Domain

Date

Registered
(MM/DD/YY)


Current

Top One Million

Ranking

001symbolics.com03/15/85288052
002bbn.com04/24/85210628
003think.com05/24/85n/a
004mcc.com07/11/85423261
005dec.com09/30/85n/a
006northrop.com11/07/85n/a
007xerox.com01/09/869561
008sri.com01/17/86100494
009hp.com03/03/86191
010bellcore.com03/05/86n/a
011ibm.com03/19/86411
012sun.com03/19/86484
013intel.com03/25/861018
014ti.com03/25/8611757
015att.com04/25/86336
016gmr.com05/08/86n/a
017tek.com05/08/8671044
018fmc.com07/10/86688877
019ub.com07/10/86n/a
020bell-atl.com08/05/86n/a
021ge.com08/05/8611629
022grebyn.com08/05/86n/a
023isc.com08/05/86n/a
024nsc.com08/05/86n/a
025stargate.com08/05/86183064
026boeing.com09/02/8615882
027itcorp.com09/18/86n/a
028siemens.com09/29/864802
029pyramid.com10/18/86804133
030alphacdc.com10/27/86n/a
031bdm.com10/27/86503674
032fluke.com10/27/86113826
033inmet.com10/27/86n/a
034kesmai.com10/27/86n/a
035mentor.com10/27/8686074
036nec.com10/27/8638938
037ray.com10/27/86n/a
038rosemount.com10/27/86n/a
039vortex.com10/27/86502710
040alcoa.com11/05/86104909
041gte.com11/05/86n/a
042adobe.com11/17/8656
043amd.com11/17/862001
044das.com11/17/86n/a
045data-io.com11/17/86n/a
046octopus.com11/17/86775704
047portal.com11/17/86n/a
048teltone.com11/17/86n/a
0493com.com12/11/8633649
050amdahl.com12/11/86n/a
051ccur.com12/11/86n/a
052ci.com12/11/86196502
053convergent.com12/11/86n/a
054dg.com12/11/86n/a
055peregrine.com12/11/86n/a
056quad.com12/11/86n/a
057sq.com12/11/86n/a
058tandy.com12/11/86n/a
059tti.com12/11/86n/a
060unisys.com12/11/8623969
061cgi.com01/19/87102209
062cts.com01/19/87n/a
063spdcc.com01/19/87n/a
064apple.com02/19/8766
065nma.com03/04/87n/a
066prime.com03/04/87n/a
067philips.com04/04/872810
068datacube.com04/23/87n/a
069kai.com04/23/87n/a
070tic.com04/23/87n/a
071vine.com04/23/87n/a
072ncr.com04/30/8746207
073cisco.com05/14/871329
074rdl.com05/14/87n/a
075slb.com05/20/8711557
076parcplace.com05/27/87n/a
077utc.com05/27/87135686
078ide.com06/26/87n/a
079trw.com07/09/87224218
080unipress.com07/13/87n/a
081dupont.com07/27/8724676
082lockheed.com07/27/87n/a
083rosetta.com07/28/87266032
084toad.com08/18/87n/a
085quick.com08/31/87n/a
086allied.com09/03/87111176
087dsc.com09/03/87351550
088sco.com09/03/8776724
089gene.com09/22/87108440
090kccs.com09/22/87n/a
091spectra.com09/22/87776373
092wlk.com09/22/87n/a
093mentat.com09/30/87n/a
094wyse.com10/14/87313648
095cfg.com11/02/87n/a
096marble.com11/09/87113962
097cayman.com11/16/87n/a
098entity.com11/16/87n/a
099ksr.com11/24/87n/a
100nynexst.com11/30/87n/a
Oldest .ORG domains:
01mitre.org07/10/8554846
02src.org03/25/86n/a
03super.org07/10/86n/a
05aero.org01/07/87555226
06mcnc.org01/15/87n/a
07rand.org04/02/8761186
08mn.org04/04/87n/a
09rti.org05/01/87248138
10n/a????
11usenix.org07/14/8798286
12n/a????
13software.org10/03/87n/a
Oldest .EDU domains:
01berkeley.edu04/24/851580
02purdue.edu04/24/852776
03ucla.edu04/24/852629
04mit.edu05/23/851158
05harvard.edu06/27/851487
06columbia.edu07/05/852775
07cornell.edu07/15/852441
08uiuc.edu07/18/852651
09udel.edu07/24/8511999
10umd.edu07/31/854062
11utexas.edu08/13/852179
12usc.edu08/20/854480
13wisc.edu09/30/852743
14uci.edu09/30/855377
15stanford.edu10/04/851276
16umich.edu10/07/852242
17ucsd.edu12/09/855036
18arizona.edu01/23/864151
19ucsf.edu02/21/8614279
20indiana.edu03/03/864832
21ucdavis.edu03/19/866016
22virginia.edu03/19/863227
23ufl.edu03/25/863200
24bu.edu03/25/865945
25gatech.edu05/08/867101
26duke.edu06/02/864582
27upenn.edu06/02/862451
28emory.edu06/02/8611327
29unc.edu06/17/864359
30brown.edu08/27/8611759
31unm.edu08/27/8611735
32washington.edu09/04/862336
33nyu.edu10/08/863214
34umn.edu01/21/872602
35clemson.edu02/19/8717235
36yale.edu03/17/874504
37princeton.edu04/03/874286
38uvm.edu04/14/8714612
39ncsu.edu04/16/874912
40ucop.edu04/30/8745277
41colostate.edu05/27/877860
42iastate.edu06/22/877616
43miami.edu07/23/8715798
44uconn.edu08/18/8714286
45fsu.edu11/24/877400
Oldest .NET domains:
01nsf.net11/05/86n/a
02uu.net05/20/87165772
03sesqui.net07/21/87n/a

Items in green denote current Top 500 ranking. According to Netcraft, there are currently over 216 million website names registered, with about 77 million sites being actively hosted. The rest are parked at their registrar (like GoDaddy).

Check out what www.apple.com looked like in 1997. And what www.intel.com looked like at the same time. Even www.sun.com from 1996 looks antiquated, and Sun Micrsosystems was one of the earliest companies to wholly embrace the web, even touting what has since become the idea of cloud computing back in the 1980s. It's for real folks, the web has changed. It was a completely different place back then.

It's interesting to note that when Apple launched its original integrated Macintosh computer in 1984, so named for a brand of Apple (McIntosh), the company did not yet have the www.apple.com domain. It would take another three years before they got that.



IBM Corporation, founded somewhere between the 1880s and 1924 depending on what even you actually consider to have been a foundational movement (most accept 1896), and the inventor of the original IBM PC computer with an Intel 8088 or 8086 16-bit CPU (limited to 1 MB of memory and 4.77 MHz clock) that had been on sale since the early 1980s, did not get its www.ibm.com domain until 1986, some 90+ years after first coming into existence.

It may be interesting to note that IBM's earliest devices were mechanical tabulators using the Hollerith system for storing signed numbers on fixed-positional punched cards back when the company was called the Tabulating Machine Company (TMC building, 1893 picture). The tabulation equipment was developed by Herman Hollerith to improve efficiency in processing census data every 10 years. After being called TMC since 1896, in 1911 a company called Computing Tabulating Recording (CTR) was formed as a three-way merger of TMC, International Time Recording Company and Computing Scale Corporation. And on February 14, 1924, CTR officially changed its name to International Business Machines Corporation (IBM). Their most advanced tabulating equipment was used during World War II to keep track of holocaust victims, as well as for other Nazi uses.


Many of the domain names appearing on this list have since been moved to other sites. As such, many of them are still in existence, albeit under new identities. The list above shows only those in the Top 1 Million List updated daily by www.alexa.com with the same name today.

www.intel.com comes in at 1018 today, while www.amd.com comes in at 2001. www.sun.com (Sun Microsystems) was the 12th domain registered, just after www.ibm.com, and it is currently in the Top 500 at #484. www.hp.com beats them all as the 9th domain registered, and it sits today at #191.

The tops today are www.adobe.com at #56 and www.apple.com at #66.



UPDATED:  March 6, 2009 - 08:38am CST
Added slideshow and screen shots from web.archive.org.

UPDATE #2:  March 6, 2009 - 10:29am CST
Added information from Netcraft regarding registered names in excess of 216 million. The 77 million figure cited in the slideshow refers to actively hosted websites.