The Oldest Domains Registered.

I recently posted on Twitter about the 44th anniversary of the first communication across “ARPANET”, which was a  link  in the chain of development that evolved into the internet as we know it today.

When I think ARPANET, my mind jumps to Bob Taylor, instrumental to it’s funding. Bob moved from ARPA onto Xerox, heading up their PARC research center for some time.

Jumping further still, I browsed through the Xerox timeline of  company history , and saw an interesting statistic I hadn’t seen before: xerox.com was the seventh domain registered with the DOD:

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Thats quite a claim! So of course, I had to find another source to confirm it.  Wikipedia has a good article on it (source at end of post)

And there it is on wikipedia, Xerox at #7:

Rank Date of registration Domain Registered to
7 9-Jan-86 xerox.com Xerox

Some other notables below. I find the table interesting in that, some sites have  the same rank number, presumably because they registered the same day!

Some of the first were expected; HP was #9; Intel #13.

I also found it humorous that IBM/Sun (now owned by Oracle) registered the same day; they tied for #11.

The oldest registered dot coms, below.

Rank Date of registration Domain Registered to
0 January 1, 1985 com DARPA
1 March 15, 1985 symbolics.com Symbolics
2 April 24, 1985 bbn.com BBN Technologies
3 May 24, 1985 think.com Thinking Machines
4 July 11, 1985 mcc.com Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation
5 September 30, 1985 dec.com Digital Equipment Corporation
6 November 7, 1985 northrop.com Northrop Corporation
7 January 9, 1986 xerox.com Xerox
8 January 17, 1986 sri.com SRI International
9 March 3, 1986 hp.com Hewlett-Packard
10 March 5, 1986 bellcore.com Bell Communications Research
11 March 19, 1986 ibm.com International Business Machines
11 March 19, 1986 sun.com Sun Microsystems
13 March 25, 1986 intel.com Intel
13 March 25, 1986 ti.com Texas Instruments
15 April 25, 1986 att.com AT&T
16 May 8, 1986 gmr.com General Motors Research Laboratories
16 May 8, 1986 tek.com Tektronix
18 July 10, 1986 fmc.com FMC Corporation
18 July 10, 1986 ub.com Ungermann-Bass
20 August 5, 1986 stargate.com
20 August 5, 1986 bell-atl.com Bell Atlantic
20 August 5, 1986 ge.com General Electric
20 August 5, 1986 grebyn.com Grebyn Corporation
20 August 5, 1986 isc.com Interactive Systems Corporation
20 August 5, 1986 nsc.com National Semiconductor
26 September 2, 1986 boeing.com Boeing
27 September 18, 1986 itcorp.com Interrupt Technology Corporation
28 September 29, 1986 siemens.com Siemens AG
29 October 18, 1986 pyramid.com Pyramid Technology
30 October 27, 1986 alphadc.com Alpha Communications Development Corporation
30 October 27, 1986 bdm.com BDM Corporation
30 October 27, 1986 fluke.com Fluke Corporation
30 October 27, 1986 inmet.com Intermetrics
30 October 27, 1986 kesmai.com Kesmai
30 October 27, 1986 mentor.com Mentor Graphics
30 October 27, 1986 nec.com NEC Corporation
30 October 27, 1986 ray.com Raytheon
30 October 27, 1986 rosemount.com Rosemount Inc.
30 October 27, 1986 vortex.com Vortex Technology
40 November 5, 1986 alcoa.com Alcoa
40 November 5, 1986 gte.com General Telephone and Electronics
42 November 17, 1986 adobe.com Adobe Systems
42 November 17, 1986 amd.com Advanced Micro Devices
42 November 17, 1986 das.com DA Systems, Inc.
42 November 17, 1986 data-io.com Data I/O Corporation
42 November 17, 1986 octopus.com Octopus Enterprises
42 November 17, 1986 portal.com Portal Communications Company
42 November 17, 1986 teltone.com Teltone Corporation
49 December 11, 1986 3com.com 3Com Corporation
49 December 11, 1986 amdahl.com Amdahl Corporation
49 December 11, 1986 tti.com Citicorp TTI
49 December 11, 1986 ci.com Cognition, Inc.
49 December 11, 1986 ccur.com Concurrent Computer Corporation
49 December 11, 1986 convergent.com Convergent Technologies
49 December 11, 1986 dg.com Data General
49 December 11, 1986 peregrine.com Peregrine Systems
49 December 11, 1986 quad.com Quadratron Systems Inc.
49 December 11, 1986 sq.com SoftQuad
49 December 11, 1986 tandy.com Tandy Corporation
49 December 11, 1986 unisys.com Unisys
61 January 19, 1987 cgi.com Carnegie Group Inc.
61 January 19, 1987 cts.com Crash TimeSharing
61 January 19, 1987 spdcc.com S.P. Dyer Computer Consulting
64 February 19, 1987 apple.com Apple Computer
65 March 4, 1987 nma.com Network Management Associates
65 March 4, 1987 prime.com Prime Computer
67 April 4, 1987 philips.com Philips
68 April 23, 1987 datacube.com Datacube Inc.
68 April 23, 1987 kai.com Kuck and Associates, Inc.
68 April 23, 1987 tic.com Texas Internet Consulting
68 April 23, 1987 vine.com Vine Technology
72 April 30, 1987 ncr.com NCR Corporation
73 May 14, 1987 cisco.com Cisco Systems
73 May 14, 1987 rdl.com Research Development Laboratories
75 May 20, 1987 slb.com Schlumberger Limited
76 May 27, 1987 parcplace.com ParcPlace Systems, Inc.
76 May 27, 1987 utc.com United Technologies Corporation
78 June 26, 1987 ide.com Interactive Development Environments
79 July 9, 1987 trw.com TRW
80 July 13, 1987 unipress.com Unipress Software
81 July 27, 1987 dupont.com DuPont
81 July 27, 1987 lockheed.com Lockheed Corporation
83 July 28, 1987 rosetta.com Rosetta Consulting
84 August 18, 1987 toad.com John Gilmore
85 August 31, 1987 quick.com Quicksilver Engineering
86 September 3, 1987 allied.com AlliedSignal
86 September 3, 1987 dsc.com Digital Sound Corporation
86 September 3, 1987 sco.com Santa Cruz Operation
89 September 22, 1987 gene.com Genentech
89 September 22, 1987 kccs.com KC Computer Sciences
89 September 22, 1987 spectra.com Spectragraphics Corporation
89 September 22, 1987 wlk.com W.L. Kennedy Jr. & Associates
93 September 30, 1987 mentat.com Mentat Inc.
94 October 14, 1987 wyse.com Wyse Technology
95 November 2, 1987 cfg.com Caine, Farber & Gordon, Inc.
96 November 9, 1987 marble.com
97 November 16, 1987 cayman.com Cayman Systems, Inc.
97 November 16, 1987 entity.com Entity Cyber, Inc.
99 November 24, 1987 ksr.com Kendall Square Research
100 November 30, 1987 nynexst.com NYNEX Science & Technology

 

Sources:

http://www.xerox.com/about-xerox/company-history/enus.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_oldest_currently_registered_Internet_domain_names