Longest domain name-world record set
Llanfair PG, Wales, UK
-- The 58 letters-name
of a small village in Wales, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-
Llantysiliogogogoch.com , which is also a domain name,
sets the world record for the Longest
single word domain name.
Residents of the village - whose name means St Mary's church
in the hollow of the white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and
the Church of St Tysilio of the red cave (click here
to hear it pronounced)- now hope that visitors from all over
the world will be able to learn more of their community.
Thousands of visitors each year visit the small
village of llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
made internationally famous through is tongue-twister of a
Be sure to visit the restored Victorian railway
station which contains a huge selection of woollens and craft
items for sale and be photographed beside the longest place
name in the world.
The village is no stranger to self-promotion
- the name itself was a publicity stunt.
It is believed that the name Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
was invented by a cobbler from Menai Bridge; little did he
know that he had implemented one of the most successful tourist
marketing plans of all time.
Until the 19th century the village
on the island of Anglesey was known as Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll
(St Mary's church near the pool by the white hazels).
But with the advent of the railways and the development
of a line between Chester and Holyhead, a local committee
was formed to devise ways of attracting trains and tourists
to the area.
Unfortunately, it is not clear who actually came
up with the new name, but it is thought to be the invention
of a cobbler from nearby Menai Bridge. The village now retains
its original name on sign posts, but it is known in Wales
as Llanfair PG.
Prior to October 1999 it was not possible
to register .com domain names longer than 26 characters (including
4 for the .com suffix). This denied many businesses and organisations
the ability to register their full trading names as a .com
domain name. However in October 1999, it became possible to
register domain names up to 67 characters in length (including
the 4 for the .com suffix).
NOTE: to apply for a new recordin this category:
- you need to justify your claim;
-you can not set a new record if your domain name is
not related to something (like in this case, a village name).