Less than 200 domain names 20 years ago: the main ones you should know about

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April 10, 2017
Author: DomainGang,, the first .com domain, was registered on March 15, 1985. By December 15, 1987, there were a total of 167 .com domain names registered. In other words, the lack of interest, and the manual approval and registration process, added just 166 .com domains in 33 months. Which were these domains?

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Here’s an alphabetical list, as extracted from the MIT archives:

Not all of those early domains retain their original registration date until today; several dropped and were re-registered eventually. According to the same resource, the following .NET domains were already registered in December 1987:

For some reason, the list does not contain, the first domain name ever to be allocated (not to be registered.) It does not contain either, which was registered in November of 1986. Regarding .ORG domain names, this is the paltry list provided by MIT:

There were several .EDU domains, naturally, as the Internet spread from the academia after being “released” from the military:

That’s 191 .EDU domains – more than .COM!

Isn’t domain history great?

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