First 100 .com domains ever registered

The Internet domain game has been going strong for over 20 years. Have you ever thought back and wondered what some of the first domain registrations were? Surprisingly the first domain name ever registered was symbolics.com. Below you will find the list of the first 100 domain names registered.

If only you were able to predict at that time how vast the internet would expand you could have made loads of money. Simple three letter domain names now sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It's no surprise that the first 100 list is compromised of many large corporations as it surely cost more than $1.99 to register a domain name in the 1980's. Interestingly Microsoft.com isn't part of the list as it was not registered until May 1991.

1. symbolics.com: March 15, 1985
2. bbn.com: April 24, 1985
3. think.com: May 24, 1985
4. mcc.com: July 11, 1985
5. dec.com: Sept. 30, 1985
6. northrop.com: Nov. 7, 1985
7. xerox.com: Jan. 9, 1986
8. sri.com: Jan. 17, 1986
9. hp.com: March 3, 1986
10. bellcore.com: March 5, 1986
11. ibm.com: March 19, 1986
12. sun.com: March 19, 1986
13. intel.com: March 25, 1986
14. ti.com: March 25, 1986
15. att.com: April 25, 1986
16. gmr.com: May 8, 1986
17. tek.com: May 8, 1986
18. fmc.com: July 10, 1986
19. ub.com: July 10, 1986
20. bell-atl.com: Aug. 5, 1986
21. ge.com: Aug. 5, 1986
22. grebyn.com: Aug. 5, 1986
23. isc.com: Aug. 5, 1986
24. nsc.com: Aug. 5, 1986
25. stargate.com: Aug. 5, 1986
26. boeing.com: Sept. 2, 1986
27. itcorp.com: Sept. 18, 1986
28. siemens.com: Sept. 29, 1986
29. pyramid.com: Oct. 18, 1986
30. alphacdc.com: Oct. 27, 1986
31. bdm.com: Oct. 27, 1986
32. fluke.com: Oct. 27, 1986
33. inmet.com: Oct. 27, 1986
34. kesmai.com: Oct. 27, 1986
35. mentor.com: Oct. 27, 1986
36. nec.com: Oct. 27, 1986
37. ray.com: Oct. 27, 1986
38. rosemount.com: Oct. 27, 1986
39. vortex.com: Oct. 27, 1986
40. alcoa.com: Nov. 5, 1986
41. gte.com: Nov. 5, 1986
42. adobe.com: Nov. 17, 1986
43. amd.com: Nov. 17, 1986
44. das.com: Nov. 17, 1986
45. data-io.com: Nov. 17, 1986
46. octopus.com: Nov. 17, 1986
47. portal.com: Nov. 17, 1986
48. teltone.com: Nov. 17, 1986
49. 3com.com: Dec. 11, 1986
50. amdahl.com: Dec. 11, 1986
51. ccur.com: Dec. 11, 1986
52. ci.com: Dec. 11, 1986
53. convergent.com: Dec. 11, 1986
54. dg.com: Dec. 11, 1986
55. peregrine.com: Dec. 11, 1986
56. quad.com: Dec. 11, 1986
57. sq.com: Dec. 11, 1986
58. tandy.com: Dec. 11, 1986
59. tti.com: Dec. 11, 1986
60. unisys.com: Dec. 11, 1986
61. cgi.com: Jan. 19, 1987
62. cts.com: Jan. 19, 1987
63. spdcc.com: Jan. 19, 1987
64. apple.com: Feb. 19, 1987
65. nma.com: March 4, 1987
66. prime.com: March 4, 1987
67. philips.com: April 4, 1987
68. datacube.com: April 23, 1987
69. kai.com: April 23, 1987
70. tic.com: April 23, 1987
71. vine.com: April 23, 1987
72. ncr.com: April 30, 1987
73. cisco.com: May 14, 1987
74. rdl.com: May 14, 1987
75. slb.com: May 20, 1987
76. parcplace.com: May 27, 1987
77. utc.com: May 27, 1987
78. ide.com: June 26, 1987
79. trw.com: July 9, 1987
80. unipress.com: July 13, 1987
81. dupont.com: July 27, 1987
82. lockheed.com: July 27, 1987
83. rosetta.com: July 28, 1987
84. toad.com: Aug. 18, 1987
85. quick.com: Aug. 31, 1987
86. allied.com: Sept. 3, 1987
87. dsc.com: Sept. 3, 1987
88. sco.com: Sept. 3, 1987
89. gene.com: Sept. 22, 1987
90. kccs.com: Sept. 22, 1987
91. spectra.com: Sept. 22, 1987
92. wlk.com: Sept. 22, 1987
93. mentat.com: Sept. 30, 1987
94. wyse.com: Oct. 14, 1987
95. cfg.com: Nov. 2, 1987
96. marble.com: Nov. 9, 1987
97. cayman.com: Nov. 16, 1987
98. entity.com: Nov. 16, 1987
99. ksr.com: Nov. 24, 1987
100. nynexst.com: Nov. 30, 1987

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slightly offtopic ... I was looking at the 25 reasons to buy symbolics genera ... one of the lines in the first reason says: "Our code is your code (and vice versa)" ... umm... really? you put that in the very first reason?

That symbolics.com page must have changed since it has pictures.

Why bother with sex.com when everything was text based, unless you had ASCII porn.

I got a chuckle when I saw stargate.com on that list - then I took a run over to that website...

You guys should check out the video walkthrough tour of that place - that's one hell of a datacenter!

Title is misleading on at least 2 grounds:

1) for "domains" read ".com domains". Here are some others - shame the lists for other gTLDs are quite bare...

2) for "ever registered" read "still registered". The same list! - Although, admittedly, they could be identical by coincidence: most of those brands still exist, and those that don't may still be being sat jealously upon by the IP-troll lawyers of whatever company bought them out ;)

Still an interesting read, anyway: I like how Sun and IBM, followed by Intel and Texas Instruments (who I guess were closer to being direct competitors in those days), registered on the same day! In both cases, I wonder who was first?

what said,
The first one (symbolics.com) looks like it hasn't been updated since it was first registered.

Is there an echo in here? That same comment has been posted twice already in this very thread.

Remember that back then there was no such thing as the WWW. When I first got Internet access in 1990/1991, the only common services were e-mail, News (Usenet) and ftp.

I remember when the first few @microsoft.com people started showing up in some Usenet groups - volunteering pioneers with no "official mission". We, the endusers, asked why Microsoft did not have any Internet presence, especially why there was no Microsoft ftp server to download patches and updates from. Back then, Microsoft provided those on their BBS system and I think on CompuServe - both FAR too expensive to use from Europe. The Microsoft people responded that they were internally pushing for more Internet presence, and ultimately succeeded in getting ftp.microsoft.com started. However, that only remained a "pet project" while Microsoft still believed in proprietary online services and pursued the "MSN Network". It wasn't until 1994 when Microsoft realized that the Internet was the future and got started on www.microsoft.com and IE...

robert_s said,
Remember that back then there was no such thing as the WWW. When I first got Internet access in 1990/1991, the only common services were e-mail, News (Usenet) and ftp.

I remember when the first few @microsoft.com people started showing up in some Usenet groups - volunteering pioneers with no "official mission". We, the endusers, asked why Microsoft did not have any Internet presence, especially why there was no Microsoft ftp server to download patches and updates from. Back then, Microsoft provided those on their BBS system and I think on CompuServe - both FAR too expensive to use from Europe. The Microsoft people responded that they were internally pushing for more Internet presence, and ultimately succeeded in getting ftp.microsoft.com started. However, that only remained a "pet project" while Microsoft still believed in proprietary online services and pursued the "MSN Network". It wasn't until 1994 when Microsoft realized that the Internet was the future and got started on www.microsoft.com and IE...

Yup BBS was hottest thing in thoses good old days and even in US it was FAR too expensive

creamhackered said,
wow back in the day, thanks for the insight Robert :)

yeah, that's 'old school' ;)

i never got online at all til about 1995 ( i was using Windows 3.11 at the time along with AOL as a internet service ) but atleast i can claim getting online before it went 'mainstream' i dont think it started to get pretty big til around 1998-2000+ range.

Makes sense, given that the first things popping up could quite possibly have been computer networks that needed to be identified on the Internet. That and universities/.edu. The commercialization of the Internet actually followed these things in general.

robert_s said,
The website was last changed on August 24th, 2005, 9:12:54pm. So it only hasn't changed in the last 3.5 years...

Hes talking about what it looks like though... and yeah, I would have to agree :P

It's strange that the nerds that started registering domains forgot sex.com eheheh
I was 8 in 1985, that's my excuse.

Haha, I think people took ".com" literally. I wonder if they thought web pages would be for corporations not services or products.

Yup, especially remarkable about this list in general, is that they actually used .com for COMmercial businesses. If only they still did. And used national domain names for stuff not suiting the general purpose ones. The general purpose domains would have so many more free names it's not even funny.

I was thinking the same thing. I thought maybe I missed it and went back through it twice just to make sure I wasn't blind.

It is funny IMO considering the company started around 1980

Its also funny how some of those sites (like number 1 symbolics.com) is still designed for the original text based browsing with minimal colors and images lol...

That is the one company I was looking for! I'm surprised, especially as Apple are in that list - registered in 1987.

njlouch said,
Microsoft's initial stance was that the Internet was a fad.


Indeed, they didn't "get it" until late in the game. My understanding is that even the first edition of Gates' "The Road Ahead", which came out in 95 (with Billy Boy making all sorts of predictions), makes no mention of the internet whatsoever.

Didn't see it coming at all.