Sometime ago I registered a third level .name domain of the type john.doe.name. I just realised that I could have registered the entire second level domain doe.name, which would grant me control of the third level one anyway.

Since I already registered the third level, doe.name is now "shared". I have 2 questions:

  1. How do I check if I am the only one using the shared second level domain? (normal whois lookup doesn't give any result)

  2. Can I "de-share" the domain and buy the entire second level domain?

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    .name domains have special rules for third level registrations. Please keep this in mind before answering. You can actually directly register a third level domain on .name
    – user27849
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 2:23
  • When .NAME started it was only for domains like firstname.lastname.name you could NOT register just lastname.name. This has changed over the years. Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 15:08

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See this post on how to convert a 3rd level .name domain to a 2nd level .name domain. Summarizing the steps:

  1. Confirm that you are the only one using the second level domain.
  2. Issue deletion of third level registrations
  3. On the sixth day after issuing the delete commands, register the second level domain name

Be sure to refer to the original post on caveats related to the above steps.


Most common second-level names under .name cannot be registered at all. They are reserved by the registry.

If you run a whois search on such a name, you'll get the following result (e.g. this query for bianchi.name):

Not available for second level registration.
Third level registrations may be available on this shared name.

A name that is not reserved will return:

No match for domain "IURHGBREIU.NAME".

If your surname is common in almost any human language, it is probably already reserved and you would not have been able to register it anyway.

  • Hi Michael, thanks for your answer. I am afraid this doesn't answer neither questions though. Since I already registered the third level, of course the second level will be reserved (i.e. at least by me!). My question is whether I can check if there is any other person using the second level. The second question is: in case I am the only one using the second level, is there a way I can acquire control of the entire second level?
    – Enzo
    Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 11:30
  • If you successfully registered a third level name, then the second level was already reserved. You won't get it unreserved by cancelling your registration. Commented Jun 20, 2015 at 12:25

Third level domains and domain hacks are usually not in a free market with clearly stated rules on a national level.

Unless we're talking about governatively sanctioned ones like example.co.uk or example.co.za, ok.

But I've got the impression we're not.

Who did you bought this from? A big name domain dealer? Then he was probably reselling from some privates.

Do a whois on your second level domain name, <surname>.com there you should find the name of the private individuals that owns it. Then you'll have to contact them, and ask'em for their price.

Possibly on www.<surname>.com you'll also find contact information.

Also, you should already have a contract standing, for the third level you're operating, with this very same guys. check the papers/pdfs that the registrar handed you. There might be more informations about them on those.

I'd usually expect this kind of price to be HUGE, but it hardly hurts to ask.

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    Hi ZJR. Thanks for you post. I don't think you understood the question. '.name' is an actual domain type; I didn't use it as an example. Buying the xyz.name is very cheap. On the other hand, it looks like you think I have 'john.geocities.com' and I want to buy 'geocities.com'. Its not like that. '.name' domain work differently.
    – Enzo
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 23:42

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