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Q: Single letter domain registration ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   9 Comments )
Subject: Single letter domain registration
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: uzzz-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 22 Mar 2005 06:37 PST
Expires: 21 Apr 2005 07:37 PDT
Question ID: 498509
Is there a domain that still has opportunity for a single letter registration?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 22 Mar 2005 08:20 PST
I'm not 100% certain about this, but I don't think single-letter
domain names are allowed by the internet powers that be.

Is there anything else we might help you with?


Clarification of Question by uzzz-ga on 24 Mar 2005 06:12 PST
Hello pafalafa-ga

Thanks for checking into this question. Learned a lot even if the
'answer' to my question is "no". I sincerely appreciate the effort and
those of the commentors below. In all fairness you did research and
have provided an answer. Please feel free to post "No" as an answer.


Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 24 Mar 2005 13:01 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Thanks for inviting me to answer this for you.

It's clear from a whois search on single-letter domain names, that the
bulk of them are being held in "reserved" status, and are not being
used as active domain names.

For instance, here's a bit of the whois record for,, and
    Name: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)

As you can see, in each case the name is "registered" to the Internet
naming authority itself -- IANA -- and is being held in reserve.

You can substitute the single letter of your choice into the urls for
the whois record -- that is, change the "a" in
to any other letter -- to easily see the record for that domain.  

Not all the single letter domains are reserved however, as this record
clearly shows:
Nissan North America, Inc (Z602-DOM)
   18501 South Figueroa Street
   Gardena, CA 90248-0191
   Domain Name: Z.COM

I don't know how it comes to pass that a few single letters are
available, while most are not.  However, the odds of you being able to
come up with a single letter domain for yourself are, I think, pretty

Hope that was the information you were looking for, but if anything
else is needed, just let me know, and I'm at your service.


uzzz-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you

Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: probonopublico-ga on 22 Mar 2005 07:47 PST
Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: eliteskillsdotcom-ga on 22 Mar 2005 08:04 PST
Never 1, Never two, rarely rarely 3, nasty 4
Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: lrulrick-ga on 22 Mar 2005 12:37 PST
I could not get godaddy to accept one or two letter domain names-
however I did get them to accept various 3 letter ones. elite-,,, there are many many of them  three
letter ones friend!
Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: eclectro-ga on 22 Mar 2005 15:12 PST
In the early days of the internet (and before the web) single letter
domans were in fact registered. Take a look at and

However when the web was being formed in 1992 John Postel registered
all available single letters which were then assigned to Internet
Assigned Numbers Authority ( See this thread;

All two letters in the generic TLDs are registered, however they do
come up for sale in the secondary market where they currently fetch a
price of $10,000 to $15,000 USD for a letter/number combination and
more if it is a letter/letter combination.

Occasionally (very) the registration expires for a two letter domain
and becomes available for anybody to register, which obviously many
try to do at the instant it expires.

Likewise for three letters. Other country TLDs where the registrars
let the general public register domain names do have a few two letter
domains available. However it is practically universal among
registries that single letters are not allowed for general
Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: crythias-ga on 22 Mar 2005 15:16 PST
I own a 3 letter domain name, albeit a .org instead of a .com, and I
own a corresponding 4 character domain as well.
Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: topbanana-ga on 22 Mar 2005 15:47 PST
In response to eliteskillsdotcom's comment, two letter domain names do
exist (eg.
Subject: Re: Single letter To All Six Commentors- Thank You!
From: uzzz-ga on 24 Mar 2005 06:15 PST
Thank you everyone. As is often the case I learned a great deal in the
comments. I appreciate each of you taking the time to post.


Subject: Re: Single letter domain registration
From: spvic-ga on 18 Apr 2005 15:27 PDT
As of last year I think it was, if an owner of a 2-letter domain lets
it expire now, it cannot be re-registered.  Two letter domains are
very much sought after and are becoming more and more valuable,
especially two letter dot-coms.  I own a two letter dot-com.
Subject: spvic-ga
From: uzzz-ga on 18 Apr 2005 16:30 PDT
Thanks for your comment.


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