News babies get birth certificate, domain name

August 21, 2007

Carter’s initials are C.O.M., born at the tail end of the first Internet boom. Our little dot COM has been busting our chops every since.
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Mark and Corrie Pankow with their children clockwise from upper left Carter (6) Makenzie (9) Davis (3) and Sydney (5)  in their home Sunday Aug. 20 2007 in Peoria Ariz. (AP PhotoPaul Connors)
Mark and Corrie Pankow with their children, clockwise from upper left, Carter (6), Makenzie (9), Davis (3) and Sydney (5) in their home, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2007 in Peoria, Ariz.
Besides leaving the hospital with a birth certificate and a clean bill of health, baby Mila Belle Howells got something she won’t likely use herself for several years: her very own Internet domain name.

Likewise newborn Bennett Pankow joined his four older siblings in getting his own Internet moniker.

“One of the criteria was, if we liked the name, the domain had to be available,” Pankow said.
A small but growing number of parents are getting domain names for their young kids, long before they can do more than peck aimlessly at a keyboard.
The trend hints at the potential importance of domain names in establishing one’s future digital identity.
Parents not ready to commit or knowledgeable enough on how to buy a domain, though, are at least trying their luck with Microsoft Corp.’s Hotmail or Gmail.
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One Response to “News babies get birth certificate, domain name”

  1. ian said

    Hi, I am surprised the article did not mention the .name domain! In case of Bennett Pankow, the domain would have been and the email address

    Much more personal!

    You can check if your name is still available using, GoDaddy, etc.

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