Happy Birthday Google.com Domain Name


On September 15, 1997 – twenty years ago to the day – the Google.com domain name was first registered. It looks like Google.com was registered at Network Solutions, but interestingly, it is now registered at MarkMonitor. It is a bit surprising the company hasn’t transferred it to Google Domains, the domain name registrar owned and operated by Google.

Here is a graphic with the current Whois record for Google.com provided by DomainTools:

If you want to see how the Google.com homepage looked over the years, you can have a look at Archive.org.

It’s pretty neat to think that the hub of the entire Internet was created twenty years ago today. At just 20 years old, Google.com isn’t even close to some of the oldest domain names in existence, which pre-date it by over a decade!

Someday, I bet you will see this question in a trivia game and you will know the answer to: “when was Google.com registered?

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  1. So Google has created the same date I was born, September 15. I was thinking since they now have their own domain registrar, they would have moved their own domain to it. But from the whois record shown above it is not.

  2. Way to important of a domain to leave it in the hands of an employee that probably won’t be there in 5 years. We see it happen way to often that the one person who is in charge of the domain left the company years ago and the company never knew it was expiring. This is what MarkMonitor does so why not leave it in the hands of a company that specializes in it. No brainer in my opinion.

    • Yep, they will probably scrap google domains in a few years. The new tld part is already dead with tens of millions wasted.

      What happened to them crushing GoDaddy?

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