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Composition of domain names and
special exception rules for .name domains

.name domains always consist of one or two character strings which are separated by a dot, and followed by the top level domain .name. The first character string (if present) is called third level, the second character string is called second level.
Therefore, the following possibilities exist:
  • 3-stage: level3.level2.name
  • 2-stage: level2.name
Second level domain names can only be registered since January 14th, 2004, and only if no third level registration exists for the second character string.
Not every domain name can actually be registered, since some terms are not allowed for registration as a matter of principle. A designated domain name has to meet the following conditions.
  • Domain names may only consist of the letters »a« to »z«, the digits »0« to »9«, and of the hyphen.
  • Domain names must consist of more than two characters, and they may not be longer than 63 characters.
  • Every level of the domain name may neither start nor end with a hyphen.
  • Every level of the domain name may not include a hyphen as the third or fourth character. For example the registration of »jack.xn--jones.name« is not possible.
  • The character strings used in the respective levels may not be contained in the following lists of exceptions.
 

Lists of exceptions

No.
Complete domain name
1.
santa.claus.name
2.
jesus.christ.name
 
No.
Not permitted in the 2nd and 3rd level
1.
afrinic
2.
apnic
3.
arin
4.
aso
5.
dnso
6.
example
7.
gtld-servers
8.
iab
9.
iana
10.
iana-servers
11.
icann
12.
iesg
13.
ietf
14.
internic
15.
irtf
16.
istf
17.
lacnic
18.
latnic
19.
pso
20.
rfc-editor
21.
ripe
22.
root-servers
 
No.
Not permitted in the 2nd level
1.
aero
2.
alerts
3.
arpa
4.
biz
5.
celebrity
6.
cert
7.
certificate
8.
com
9.
coop
10.
directory
11.
dns
12.
dotname
13.
edu
14.
famous
15.
findyour
16.
findyourfamily
17.
findyourname
18.
finger
19.
ftp
20.
getyour
21.
getyourname
22.
global
23.
globalregistry
24.
gnr
25.
gopher
26.
gov
27.
hostmaster
28.
imap
29.
info
30.
int
31.
ldap
32.
login
33.
mil
34.
museum
35.
myname
36.
name
37.
namedomain
38.
nameregistry
39.
net
40.
nic
41.
nntp
42.
no1
43.
ntp
44.
org
45.
pop
46.
pop3
47.
pro
48.
registeryour
49.
registeryourname
50.
registry
51.
scp
52.
security
53.
smtp
54.
snmp
55.
telnet
56.
thefamous
57.
theglobal
58.
theglobalname
59.
theglobalnameregistry
60.
theglobalregistry
61.
thenamedomain
62.
thenameregistry
63.
whois
64.
www
65.
yourname
66.
zone
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