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.

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
001 symbolics.com 03/15/85 288052
002 bbn.com 04/24/85 210628
003 think.com 05/24/85 n/a
004 mcc.com 07/11/85 423261
005 dec.com 09/30/85 n/a
006 northrop.com 11/07/85 n/a
007 xerox.com 01/09/86 9561
008 sri.com 01/17/86 100494
009 hp.com 03/03/86 191
010 bellcore.com 03/05/86 n/a
011 ibm.com 03/19/86 411
012 sun.com 03/19/86 484
013 intel.com 03/25/86 1018
014 ti.com 03/25/86 11757
015 att.com 04/25/86 336
016 gmr.com 05/08/86 n/a
017 tek.com 05/08/86 71044
018 fmc.com 07/10/86 688877
019 ub.com 07/10/86 n/a
020 bell-atl.com 08/05/86 n/a
021 ge.com 08/05/86 11629
022 grebyn.com 08/05/86 n/a
023 isc.com 08/05/86 n/a
024 nsc.com 08/05/86 n/a
025 stargate.com 08/05/86 183064
026 boeing.com 09/02/86 15882
027 itcorp.com 09/18/86 n/a
028 siemens.com 09/29/86 4802
029 pyramid.com 10/18/86 804133
030 alphacdc.com 10/27/86 n/a
031 bdm.com 10/27/86 503674
032 fluke.com 10/27/86 113826
033 inmet.com 10/27/86 n/a
034 kesmai.com 10/27/86 n/a
035 mentor.com 10/27/86 86074
036 nec.com 10/27/86 38938
037 ray.com 10/27/86 n/a
038 rosemount.com 10/27/86 n/a
039 vortex.com 10/27/86 502710
040 alcoa.com 11/05/86 104909
041 gte.com 11/05/86 n/a
042 adobe.com 11/17/86 56
043 amd.com 11/17/86 2001
044 das.com 11/17/86 n/a
045 data-io.com 11/17/86 n/a
046 octopus.com 11/17/86 775704
047 portal.com 11/17/86 n/a
048 teltone.com 11/17/86 n/a
049 3com.com 12/11/86 33649
050 amdahl.com 12/11/86 n/a
051 ccur.com 12/11/86 n/a
052 ci.com 12/11/86 196502
053 convergent.com 12/11/86 n/a
054 dg.com 12/11/86 n/a
055 peregrine.com 12/11/86 n/a
056 quad.com 12/11/86 n/a
057 sq.com 12/11/86 n/a
058 tandy.com 12/11/86 n/a
059 tti.com 12/11/86 n/a
060 unisys.com 12/11/86 23969
061 cgi.com 01/19/87 102209
062 cts.com 01/19/87 n/a
063 spdcc.com 01/19/87 n/a
064 apple.com 02/19/87 66
065 nma.com 03/04/87 n/a
066 prime.com 03/04/87 n/a
067 philips.com 04/04/87 2810
068 datacube.com 04/23/87 n/a
069 kai.com 04/23/87 n/a
070 tic.com 04/23/87 n/a
071 vine.com 04/23/87 n/a
072 ncr.com 04/30/87 46207
073 cisco.com 05/14/87 1329
074 rdl.com 05/14/87 n/a
075 slb.com 05/20/87 11557
076 parcplace.com 05/27/87 n/a
077 utc.com 05/27/87 135686
078 ide.com 06/26/87 n/a
079 trw.com 07/09/87 224218
080 unipress.com 07/13/87 n/a
081 dupont.com 07/27/87 24676
082 lockheed.com 07/27/87 n/a
083 rosetta.com 07/28/87 266032
084 toad.com 08/18/87 n/a
085 quick.com 08/31/87 n/a
086 allied.com 09/03/87 111176
087 dsc.com 09/03/87 351550
088 sco.com 09/03/87 76724
089 gene.com 09/22/87 108440
090 kccs.com 09/22/87 n/a
091 spectra.com 09/22/87 776373
092 wlk.com 09/22/87 n/a
093 mentat.com 09/30/87 n/a
094 wyse.com 10/14/87 313648
095 cfg.com 11/02/87 n/a
096 marble.com 11/09/87 113962
097 cayman.com 11/16/87 n/a
098 entity.com 11/16/87 n/a
099 ksr.com 11/24/87 n/a
100 nynexst.com 11/30/87 n/a
Oldest .ORG domains:
01 mitre.org 07/10/85 54846
02 src.org 03/25/86 n/a
03 super.org 07/10/86 n/a
05 aero.org 01/07/87 555226
06 mcnc.org 01/15/87 n/a
07 rand.org 04/02/87 61186
08 mn.org 04/04/87 n/a
09 rti.org 05/01/87 248138
10 n/a ?? ??
11 usenix.org 07/14/87 98286
12 n/a ?? ??
13 software.org 10/03/87 n/a
Oldest .EDU domains:
01 berkeley.edu 04/24/85 1580
02 purdue.edu 04/24/85 2776
03 ucla.edu 04/24/85 2629
04 mit.edu 05/23/85 1158
05 harvard.edu 06/27/85 1487
06 columbia.edu 07/05/85 2775
07 cornell.edu 07/15/85 2441
08 uiuc.edu 07/18/85 2651
09 udel.edu 07/24/85 11999
10 umd.edu 07/31/85 4062
11 utexas.edu 08/13/85 2179
12 usc.edu 08/20/85 4480
13 wisc.edu 09/30/85 2743
14 uci.edu 09/30/85 5377
15 stanford.edu 10/04/85 1276
16 umich.edu 10/07/85 2242
17 ucsd.edu 12/09/85 5036
18 arizona.edu 01/23/86 4151
19 ucsf.edu 02/21/86 14279
20 indiana.edu 03/03/86 4832
21 ucdavis.edu 03/19/86 6016
22 virginia.edu 03/19/86 3227
23 ufl.edu 03/25/86 3200
24 bu.edu 03/25/86 5945
25 gatech.edu 05/08/86 7101
26 duke.edu 06/02/86 4582
27 upenn.edu 06/02/86 2451
28 emory.edu 06/02/86 11327
29 unc.edu 06/17/86 4359
30 brown.edu 08/27/86 11759
31 unm.edu 08/27/86 11735
32 washington.edu 09/04/86 2336
33 nyu.edu 10/08/86 3214
34 umn.edu 01/21/87 2602
35 clemson.edu 02/19/87 17235
36 yale.edu 03/17/87 4504
37 princeton.edu 04/03/87 4286
38 uvm.edu 04/14/87 14612
39 ncsu.edu 04/16/87 4912
40 ucop.edu 04/30/87 45277
41 colostate.edu 05/27/87 7860
42 iastate.edu 06/22/87 7616
43 miami.edu 07/23/87 15798
44 uconn.edu 08/18/87 14286
45 fsu.edu 11/24/87 7400
Oldest .NET domains:
01 nsf.net 11/05/86 n/a
02 uu.net 05/20/87 165772
03 sesqui.net 07/21/87 n/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 CSTAdded 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.

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