First ever domain was registered in 1985. Many others were kept being registered since then. But what are the first used domains up to these days?
Almost all of the first registered domains were the ones registered by companies to reach out to potential clients. Registering a personal domain and setting up a personal website was not very popular at that time. Some of the companies that registered these domains were sold, some went out of business, yet some of those domains are still being used by their first registrars. In fact, it is possible to encounter some of those domains on some domain sales platforms.
One of the most interesting aspects of these domains is that some of them have not changed their homepage since day one. You may feel nostalgic on your first visit to these websites.
We have ignored some of the extensions on the list. If we were to count the domains with .edu extensions that were registered for every higher education institution during the inception of the internet, we would end up with a meaningless list of identical entries.
Overall, when we look at the ownership status of the domains, we see that 53 of them still belongs to their first owner. On the other hand, while 24 out of 47 domains have changed hands directly, 23 of them did through the acquisition of the company that owned the domain.*
What is surprising is that 5 out of the 100 hundred domains in the list are on sale as stated on domain sales platforms, as well as their respective homepages. In other words, if you are willing to pay enough money, you may own one or several of the 100 oldest domains of the history of the internet.
Those domains that are not on sale and have no public record of sales history are generally the ones used by old companies for their official websites. We may say that established technology companies like HP, Intel and IBM are among these. Additionally, we notice that some domains have been welcoming their visitors with the same homepage for quite some time and look abandoned.
1. Nordu.net (1985-01-01)
NORDUnet is a research and education network that was established between Nordic countries. On the other hand, the domain Nordu.net was registered with the aim of creating a root server at first and has become the first domain to be registered. Right now, the domain is home to the corporate website of NORDUnet.
2. Symbolics.com (1985-03-15)
As domain registration has become open for everybody, first ever domain with .com extension on the internet was registered by a Massachusetts based computer firm, Symbolics Computer Corporation. In those years, they used it for their corporate website. In 2009, an investment group named Napkin.com bought the domain on its 25th anniversary of registration and the group still owns it. The website, who accommodated a significant proportion of the history of the internet, is now turned into an internet museum, open for everyone.
3. BBN.com (1985-04-24)
After the registrant of the domain BBN Technology got acquired by Raytheon in 2009, the domain is forwarding to raytheon.com.
4. Think.com (1985-05-24)
The domain which was registered by a software firm called Thinking Machines Technology was handed over, together with the firm’s remaining assets, to Sun Microsystems when the firm went bankrupt in 1994. Several years after the domain was used for a UK-wide education project in 2000, the website was shut off. Currently, no content or forwarding exist.
5. Mitre.org (1985-07-10)
The domain which was first registered by MITRE Corporation, a system engineering company, has taken its place in the history of the internet as the first domain to be registered with a .org extension. The domain is still being used by the same company as a corporate website.
6. MCC.com (1985-07-11)
The domain registered by Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation is now on sale and is forwarding to a parking website.
7. DEC.com (1985-09-30)
It was sold in 2014 for $57,400; now it is forwarding to paulkocher.com.
8. Northrop.com (1985-11-07)
9. Xerox.com (1986-01-09)
Home to, technology firm Xerox’s corporate website for more than 25 years, the domain was registered in 1986.
10. SRI.com (1986-01-17)
SRI International which operates on multiple sectors uses this domain for its corporate website.
11. HP.com (1986-03-03)
Hardware and software firm Hewlett-Packard uses this domain as its corporate website.
12. Bellcore.com (1986-03-05)
When the registrant Bellcore changed its name to Telcordia Technologies in 1999, the domain was forwarding to telcordia.com up until 2007. It is not in active use right now.
13. SUN.com (1986-03-18)
It’s being used as the website for Sun Microsystems which is owned by Oracle.
14. IBM.com (1986-03-19)
Used by IBM since the day it was registered.
15. Intel.com (1986-03-25)
Used by Intel as its corporate website.
16. SRC.org (1986-03-25)
The domain that was registered by Semiconductor Research Corporation is still being used as the corporation’s official website.
17. TI.com (1986-03-25)
It is used by a tech firm: Texas Instruments.
18. Broken.net (1986-04-01)
This domain was used by Jason Matthews for a long time, it’s not actively used now. When the website is visited only a “hello” message appears.
19. ATT.com (1986-04-25)
It is being used by telecommunication firm, AT&T.
20. GMR.com (1986-05-08)
This old domain currently is not forwarding to any website.
21. TEK.com (1986-05-08)
A technology firm, Tektronix Inc.’s corporate website is being run on this domain.
22. FMC.com (1986-07-10)
This domain is registered by an agriculture technologies firm FMC Corporation, and still serves as the official website of it.
23. UB.com (1986-07-10)
The domain which was first registered by a hardware network firm, UB Networks, has changed hands several times between 2007 and 2017. It is now being used by a cryptocurrency, UnitedBitcoins.
24. Super.org (1986-07-10)
Registered by The Center for Computer Sciences, the domain still belongs to the same owner yet it’s not being used since 2004.
Belonged to Bell Atlantic Corporation, who went on to change its name to Verizon in 2000, this domain is not in use for about 10 years.
26. GE.com (1986-08-05)
Belonging to General Electrics which was established as an energy firm, the domain acts as the official website for the firm.
27. Grebyn.com (1986-08-05)
This domain belongs to Grebyn Corporation, a software firm. It’s being used as the official website for many years.
28. ISC.com (1986-08-05)
Used by the firm Interactive Systems Technology at first, the domain was handed over to ISC Consultants Inc. after the former’s acquisition by the latter. Still hosts the official website.
29. NSC.com (1986-08-05)
The domain which was used by a semiconductor firm, National Semiconductor, until 2000, later started forwarding to national.com after the company’s decision to use that domain. When in 2011 the company got acquired by Texas Instrument, national.com begun forwarding to ti.com. And, NSC.com shows no content.
30. Stargate.com (1986-08-05)
Belonging to Stargate Informations Technology company, which was bought by Zayo in 2008, the domain is currently forwarding to zayo.com.
31. Boeing.com (1986-09-02)
Owned by The Boeing Company, the aerospace and defense firm that was established in 1916, this domain hosts the official website since its day of registration.
32. ITCorp.com (1986-09-18)
This domain, which is owned by Interrupt Technology Corporation, only contains a welcome page that tells the reason why the website is so plain in its design and includes a short briefing about the firm.
33. Siemens.com (1986-09-29)
This is the website of technology firm Siemens that was established in 1847.
34. Pyramid.com (1986-10-27)
The domain, which was formerly used by a computer firm called Pyramid Technology, was forwarded for a while to siemens-pyramid.com after its acquisition by Siemens in 1995. Now it’s being used as a computer sales website.
35. AlphaCDC.com (1986-10-27)
Owned by Alpha Communications Development Corporation, the domain greets its visitors with the same welcome page for many years.
36. BDM.com (1986-10-27)
The domain which was used for the website of BDM International that was established in 1959, was forwarded for a while to a motorcycle sales website when the company got acquired in 2002 by Northrop Grumman. These days it is forwarding to ChaiTea.com, and the domain is on sale.
37. Fluke.com (1986-10-27)
Owned by Fluke Corporation that was established in 1948, the domain has been used as the company’s official website since the day it was registered in 1986.
38. Inmet.com (1986-10-27)
The domain which was used for a while by Intermetrics, Inc. that was founded in 1969, was used in forwarding from time to time because the company was handed over multiple times. It’s not in use right now.
39. Kesmai.com (1986-10-27)
The domain, that was registered by Kesmai game publishing company, formerly hosted the company’s official website. When the company was bought by Electronic Arts in 1999, the domain was forwarded to EA.com. It is now being used by a teacher.
40. Mentor.com (1986-10-27)
Owned by Mentor Graphics, the domain has been used as the company’s official website since its registration. The company was bought by Siemens in 2017, yet its website and corporate identity remain the same.
41. NEC.com (1986-10-27)
Used by Japanese technology firm NEC Corporation that was established in 1899, the domain is used for the company’s official website.
42. RAY.com (1986-10-27)
The domain that was registered in the name of American defense industries firm Raytheon Company in 1986 has not been in use for a long time. In recent years, the company prefers to use raytheon.com.
43. Rosemount.com (1986-10-27)
Registered by Rosemount, Inc. that was established in 1956 and which now is an affiliated company of Emerson, the domain forwards to emerson.com since 2006.
44. Vortex.com (1986-10-27)
Registered by a company called Vortex Technology, today the domain still welcomes its visitors with an old index.
45. GTE.com (1986-11-05)
Previously owned by a company called GTE, the domain is now being forwarded to verizon.com after its registrant was bought by Verizon.
46. Alcoa.com (1986-11-05)
Registered by Alcoa, Inc. that was founded in 1888 the domain still hosts the official website.
47. NSF.net (1986-11-05)
The domain that was registered by National Science Foundation Network currently welcomes its visitors with a message stating that the domain is on sale.
48. Adobe.com (1986-11-17)
Registered by Adobe, the software giant that was established in 1982, the domain is still being used as the official website.
49. AMD.com (1986-11-17)
The domain that is chosen to host the official website of hardware manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (est. 1969) performs the same function since the day of its registration.
50. DAS.com (1986-11-17)
Currently, it’s being forwarded to ergo.com by ERGO Group.
51. Data-io.com (1986-11-17)
Registered by Data I/O Corporation that was established in 1969, the domain is currently forwarding to dataio.com that is the company’s official website.
52. Octopus.com (1986-11-17)
Registered first by Octopus Enterprises company, the domain was on parking for several years after 2000. Due to an advertisement featuring the rivals of Octopus Travel was displayed on the parking page of the domain that changed hands in 2006, a court case was opened in 2011 (link) which resulted in the domain to be handed over to Octopus Travel. The company put the domain on sale after it took control of it and in 2016 sold the domain to its current owner Octopus Deploy. Right now, it’s being used as the official website by Octopus Deploy.
53. Portal.com (1986-11-17)
Owned by Portal Software that was founded in 1985, the domain was forwarded to oracle.com after the company was sold to Oracle.
54. Teltone.com (1986-11-17)
The domain that was owned by Teltone Corporation was forwarded to leidos.com when in 2016 the company got acquired by Leidos.
55. 3com.com (1986-12-11)
Used by electronics manufacturer 3Com that was established in 1979, the domain was forwarded to hpe.com when in 2010 the company was sold to Hewlett-Packard.
56. DG.com (1986-12-11)
Registered by a minicomputer firm Data General that was founded in 1968, the domain was forwarding for a while to emc.com when in 1999 the company was bought by EMC Corporation; and later on, it was forwarded to DollarGeneral.com.
57. Amdahl.com (1986-12-11)
Owned by a computer firm Amdahl, that was established in 1970, the domain is now being forwarded to Fujitsu’s website fujitsu.com after the former was bought by the latter in 1997.
58. CCUR.com (1986-12-11)
The domain that was registered by Concurrent Computer Corporation is currently forwarding to concurrent.com.
59. CI.com (1986-12-11)
Registered by Cognition, Inc., the domain is being used by CI Financial since 2005.
60. Convergent.com (1986-12-11)
The domain that was registered by a software firm named Convergent is being used as the official website since the day it was registered.
61. Peregrine.com (1986-12-11)
Registered in the name of Peregrine Systems, Inc. that was established in 1981, the domain is being used as the official website of Peregrine Capital Management. When the old firm went bankrupt, its assets were sold to HP.
62. Quad.com (1986-12-11)
Registered by a software firm, Quadraton that was founded in 1983, the domain was put on parking in 1998, and it’s on sale since then.
63. SQ.com (1986-12-11)
The domain that was registered by Canadian software firm SoftQuad Software, is currently being forwarded to singaporeairlines.com.
64. Tandy.com (1986-12-11)
The domain that was registered for Tandy Corporation that was founded in 1919, currently is not forwarding to any website, since in 1963 and 2000 the company went through a merger and changed its name to RadioShack.
65. TTI.com (1986-12-11)
Registered by Citicorp TTI, the domain is being used as a travel blog for the past few years.
66. Unisys.com (1986-12-11)
Registered by a software company that was founded in 1986 with the same name, the domain still belongs to its first owner and is used as the company’s website.
67. Aero.org (1987-01-07)
The domain that was registered by state-supported The Aerospace Corporation that was founded in 1960 (in California), for research and development, is forwarding to aerospace.org after the company’s decision to use the new domain in 2012.
68. MCNC.org (1987-01-15)
Registered as the abbreviation of Microelectronics Center of North Carolina the domain is still used as the website of the same institution.
69. CTS.com (1987-01-18)
The domain which was registered in 1987, is currently being forwarded to concentric.com that is used by XO Hosting company.
70. CGI.com (1987-01-19)
Registered by Carnegie Group the domain is still being used by the same company under the name of CGI Group.
71. SPDCC.com (1987-01-19)
The domain that was first registered by a computer consultancy firm is now registered for Anthony Holland. When the website is visited, a message comes up stating that this domain is one of the oldest domains to be ever registered, along with an index listing oldest 100 registered domains with .com extensions. 2009 was the last time this welcome page was updated.
72. Nyser.net (1987-01-27)
There’s no evidence in regards to the active usage of the domain that was registered by a non-profit Internet Service Provider, New York State Education and Research Network, that was founded in 1986. Actively used website of the institution is being accessed via nysernet.org.
73. Apple.com (1987-02-19)
This domain is registered by Apple that was started up in 1976 and has turned into a technology giant lately. It is being used as the official website of the company since the day it was registered.
74. NMA.com (1987-03-04)
The domain that was registered first by Network Manifold Associates Inc. was sold in early 2018 to Napkin.com, an investment firm. It’s the same firm that owns symbolics.com. Currently nma.com contains a simple welcome page about the domain.
75. Prime.com (1987-03-04)
Registered by Prime Computer Inc. the domain was not being used after the company got acquired by some other firm in 1998. It was forwarded to a domain parking page. After the domain was bought by Amazon in early 2018, the domain is currently forwarding to Amazon’s Prime service page.
76. Rand.org (1987-04-02)
The domain that was registered by a non-profit RAND Corporation still hosts the think tank’s official website.
77. MN.org (1987-04-04)
Registered by Skypoint Communications, the domain had an informative welcome page about the company for a long time. The domain still functions the same, with a simple framework.
78. Philips.com (1987-04-04)
The domain was registered by one of the largest home electronics manufacturers today, Philips. It accommodates the official website since then.
79. Datacube.com (1987-04-23)
This domain was registered by a video processing software/hardware developer, Datacube Inc. which was established in 1978. The domain which hosted the official website until 2006, was later on turned into a premium domain listing, selling and brokering website, while keeping the same name. The domain still serves like this.
80. KAI.com (1987-04-23)
First registered by Kuck and Associates Inc., the domain was used by this company until 2002. Later on, the domain was forwarded for a long while to Intel’s website, and lastly, in 2018 a Chinese infrastructure firm started to use the domain as its official website.
81. TIC.com (1987-04-23)
Registered first by Texas Internet Consulting, the domain is still being used by the same company. The website which lastly was updated in 2004, still welcomes its visitors with a simple interface.
82. Vine.com (1987-04-23)
Registered by a company named Vine Technology the domain presently forwards to amazon.com. The company who bought the domain in 2012 later got acquired by Amazon.
83. NCR.com (1987-04-30)
The domain that was registered by a money transfer firm NCR Corporation which was founded in 1884 hosts the official website of the firm.
84. RTI.org (1987-05-01)
This domain was registered by a non-profit organization, RTI International. It is used for the corporate website since the day it was registered.
85. Cisco.com (1987-05-14)
Registered by the world’s largest network technologies developer, Cisco, the domain still is being used as the official website.
86. RDL.com (1987-05-14)
The domain that was registered for Research and Development Laboratories became the official website for a long time. Later on, it was not kept active for a while and for a time it contained a welcome page; it is forwarded to Apichip.com at present.
87. UU.net (1987-05-20)
Founded as an internet service provider in 1987, UUNet used this domain for a long time. When the company was bought by another company who later got acquired by Verizon, it kept using the same domain until 2001, yet, from then onwards it was forwarded to the website of the parent company. For the past few years it is not forwarded to anywhere.
88. SLB.com (1987-05-20)
Registered for Schlumberger Limited which was established in 1926, today the domain is still used as the official website.
89. Parcplace.com (1987-05-27)
The domain that was registered by ParcPlace Systems Inc. was used as the company’s website and later started forwarding to cincom.com. Today it is forwarding to cincomsmalltalk.com.
90. UTC.com (1987-05-27)
Registered for United Technologies, the domain is still being used as the official website for the same company.
91. IDE.com (1987-06-26)
Registered in 1987 and used by companies with different names, the domain is currently being used by Independent Drone Exchange.
92. TRW.com (1987-07-09)
The domain that was registered by an automobile company, TRW Inc., is being used as the official website since the day it was registered.
93. Unipress.com (1987-07-13)
It was chosen as Unipress Software’s official web address. After 2006, it was forwarding to numarasoftware.com for a while and was not in use for another period. And for the last several years it is forwarding to a simple welcome page.
94. Usenix.org (1987-07-14)
It belongs to an organization that was previously known as “Unix Users Group” and had to change its name to “USENIX” due to legal reasons. The official website of the organization is being published over this domain.
95. Sesqui.net (1987-07-21)
It was used by an internet service provider for a while. It is currently on sale.
96. Dupont.com (1987-07-27)
It used by the company with the same name that dates back to 1802.
97. Lockheed.com (1987-07-27)
Registered for aerospace firm Lockheed Corporation that was founded in 1926, the domain hosted the company’s official website. When in 1996 Lockheed Corporation merged with Martin Mariette, the new name became Lockheed Martin, and the domain started forwarding to lockheedmartin.com.
98. Rosetta.com (1987-07-28)
It was used by software consultancy firm, Rosetta. At present, it is forwarding to a consultancy firm that works through sapientrazorfish.com.
99. Toad.com (1987-08-18)
This domain is used by an internet activist, John Gilmore, as a mail server. Currently, it is not forwarded to any website.
100. Quick.com (1987-08-31)
Used by a software and hardware consultancy firm for a while, the domain was used by another company in 2000. Now it hosts a website in Chinese.