eName was #1 in most recent published results.
Chinese registrants helped .com surge toward the end of 2015 as they registered millions of short domain names.
And, with official numbers just published by ICANN, we now know that this surge pushed GoDaddy off its perch as #1 for most new .com domain registrations in November.
Verisign’s official accounting to ICANN shows that China’s eName registered over one million new .com domains in November for its customers. That was nearly 25% more domains than GoDaddy, the usual top registrar. Three of the top five registrars that month were Chinese.
Here are the top 5 registrars from November, the most recent official numbers available:
1. eName 1,060,158
2. GoDaddy* 859,815
3. HiChina 658,594
4. HangZhou AiMing Network Co 475,895
5. eNom** 244,204
eName also had the most net inbound transfers during the November. Here are the top five registrars in that category:
1. eName +24,460
2. Mesh Digital +15,245
3. Uniregistry +12,404
4. HangZhou AiMing Network Co +8,973
5. Google +7,558
On the flip side, these five registrars saw the biggest net outflow of domain names due to transfers:
1. Tucows -22,589
2. Fabulous -10,869
3. Network Solutions -10,857
4. Domain.com -7,808
5. GoDaddy -7,476
*Includes GoDaddy and Wild West Domains **Includes eNom and Name.com, but not dropcatching registrars.
Note: the original version of this article originally said the data were from October. It’s actually November’s numbers.