The Internet, in some form or another, has been around since the 1960s. But you couldn’t register domain names until the mid-1980s. Here’s a list of the oldest websites on the Internet and the oldest domain names registered.

The First Website On The Internet

Have you ever wondered what the first website on the internet was? The first registered domain on the Internet was symbolics.com. Symbolics, Inc. was a software development firm that obviously had someone on staff who kept their finger on the pulse of the events leading up to the birth of our modern Internet. The company Symbolics doesn’t exist anymore, but they will forever hold a place in history as the oldest domain name on the Internet.

The Oldest Domains On The Internet: .COM List

Symbolics was just one of many companies that secured domain names in the mid-1980s. Here’s a list of the 100 oldest domain names with a .com extension. Most of the companies aren’t around anymore, but some big names like Apple, GE, Cisco, and Adobe round out the top 100.

Order
Registered
Domains (.com)Date
Current
Traffic Rank
001symbolics.com03/15/85288052
002bbn.com04/24/85210628
003think.com05/24/85n/a
004mcc.com07/11/85423261
005dec.com09/30/85n/a
006northrop.com11/07/85n/a
007xerox.com01/09/869561
008sri.com01/17/86100494
009hp.com03/03/86191
010bellcore.com03/05/86n/a
011ibm.com03/19/86411
012sun.com03/19/86484
013intel.com03/25/861018
014ti.com03/25/8611757
015att.com04/25/86336
016gmr.com05/08/86n/a
017tek.com05/08/8671044
018fmc.com07/10/86688877
019ub.com07/10/86n/a
020bell-atl.com08/05/86n/a
021ge.com08/05/8611629
022grebyn.com08/05/86n/a
023isc.com08/05/86n/a
024nsc.com08/05/86n/a
025stargate.com08/05/86183064
026boeing.com09/02/8615882
027itcorp.com09/18/86n/a
028siemens.com09/29/864802
029pyramid.com10/18/86804133
030alphacdc.com10/27/86n/a
031bdm.com10/27/86503674
032fluke.com10/27/86113826
033inmet.com10/27/86n/a
034kesmai.com10/27/86n/a
035mentor.com10/27/8686074
036nec.com10/27/8638938
037ray.com10/27/86n/a
038rosemount.com10/27/86n/a
039vortex.com10/27/86502710
040alcoa.com11/05/86104909
041gte.com11/05/86n/a
042adobe.com11/17/8656
043amd.com11/17/862001
044das.com11/17/86n/a
045data-io.com11/17/86n/a
046octopus.com11/17/86775704
047portal.com11/17/86n/a
048teltone.com11/17/86n/a
0493com.com12/11/8633649
050amdahl.com12/11/86n/a
051ccur.com12/11/86n/a
052ci.com12/11/86196502
053convergent.com12/11/86n/a
054dg.com12/11/86n/a
055peregrine.com12/11/86n/a
056quad.com12/11/86n/a
057sq.com12/11/86n/a
058tandy.com12/11/86n/a
059tti.com12/11/86n/a
060unisys.com12/11/8623969
061cgi.com01/19/87102209
062cts.com01/19/87n/a
063spdcc.com01/19/87n/a
064apple.com02/19/8766
065nma.com03/04/87n/a
066prime.com03/04/87n/a
067philips.com04/04/872810
068datacube.com04/23/87n/a
069kai.com04/23/87n/a
070tic.com04/23/87n/a
071vine.com04/23/87n/a
072ncr.com04/30/8746207
073cisco.com05/14/871329
074rdl.com05/14/87n/a
075slb.com05/20/8711557
076parcplace.com05/27/87n/a
077utc.com05/27/87135686
078ide.com06/26/87n/a
079trw.com07/09/87224218
080unipress.com07/13/87n/a
081dupont.com07/27/8724676
082lockheed.com07/27/87n/a
083rosetta.com07/28/87266032
084toad.com08/18/87n/a
085quick.com08/31/87n/a
086allied.com09/03/87111176
087dsc.com09/03/87351550
088sco.com09/03/8776724
089gene.com09/22/87108440
090kccs.com09/22/87n/a
091spectra.com09/22/87776373
092wlk.com09/22/87n/a
093mentat.com09/30/87n/a
094wyse.com10/14/87313648
095cfg.com11/02/87n/a
096marble.com11/09/87113962
097cayman.com11/16/87n/a
098entity.com11/16/87n/a
099ksr.com11/24/87n/a
100nynexst.com11/30/87n/a

 


The Oldest Domains On The Internet: .ORG List

Oldest .ORG domains:
01mitre.org07/10/8554846
02src.org03/25/86n/a
03super.org07/10/86n/a
05aero.org01/07/87555226
06mcnc.org01/15/87n/a
07rand.org04/02/8761186
08mn.org04/04/87n/a
09rti.org05/01/87248138
10n/a????
11usenix.org07/14/8798286
12n/a????
13software.org10/03/87n/a

The Oldest Websites On The Internet: .EDU List

The Ivy League and large private and State schools were the first to register .edu domain names.

Oldest .EDU domains:
01berkeley.edu04/24/851580
02purdue.edu04/24/852776
03ucla.edu04/24/852629
04mit.edu05/23/851158
05harvard.edu06/27/851487
06columbia.edu07/05/852775
07cornell.edu07/15/852441
08uiuc.edu07/18/852651
09udel.edu07/24/8511999
10umd.edu07/31/854062
11utexas.edu08/13/852179
12usc.edu08/20/854480
13wisc.edu09/30/852743
14uci.edu09/30/855377
15stanford.edu10/04/851276
16umich.edu10/07/852242
17ucsd.edu12/09/855036
18arizona.edu01/23/864151
19ucsf.edu02/21/8614279
20indiana.edu03/03/864832
21ucdavis.edu03/19/866016
22virginia.edu03/19/863227
23ufl.edu03/25/863200
24bu.edu03/25/865945
25gatech.edu05/08/867101
26duke.edu06/02/864582
27upenn.edu06/02/862451
28emory.edu06/02/8611327
29unc.edu06/17/864359
30brown.edu08/27/8611759
31unm.edu08/27/8611735
32washington.edu09/04/862336
33nyu.edu10/08/863214
34umn.edu01/21/872602
35clemson.edu02/19/8717235
36yale.edu03/17/874504
37princeton.edu04/03/874286
38uvm.edu04/14/8714612
39ncsu.edu04/16/874912
40ucop.edu04/30/8745277
41colostate.edu05/27/877860
42iastate.edu06/22/877616
43miami.edu07/23/8715798
44uconn.edu08/18/8714286
45fsu.edu11/24/877400

The Oldest Domains On The Internet: .NET List

The oldest websites with .net domains aren’t very well known. Try them for yourself. None of them even exist anymore.

Oldest .NET domains:
01nsf.net11/05/86n/a
02uu.net05/20/87165772
03sesqui.net07/21/87n/a

In The Early Days, Registering Premium Domain Names Was Easy

Old Retro Desktop Computer - Browsing The Oldest Websites On The Internet
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For the decade that followed, it was still very easy to secure premium domain names. For example, Weather.com wasn’t registered until 1994. Why? People didn’t understand the Internet yet.

As you can see in this infamous clip from the TODAY Show, in the mid-1990s, people still didn’t understand the difference between email and websites. And TV personalities, in general, struggled to explain the “World Wide Web” to their viewers.

Just imagine if you had a time machine and could travel back to the 1980s-1990s and secure domain names. What domains would you register? How many of the oldest websites on the Internet would you own today? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @methodshop.

Source: TG Daily