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

  • 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.

    Top 100 list, along with current Top 1 Million ranking:
    Ranking
    001 = Oldest
    DomainDate
    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
    looked like in 1997. And what
    looked like at the same time. Even
    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.