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Type: Privately Held
Industry: domain registrar operator
Founded: London, UK (2000)
Headquarters: London E14
Country: UK
Products: .name domains
Key People
Hakon Haugnes, president

GNR or Global Name Registry was a domain name registry operator and technology infrastructure company. They were the domain registry operator for the .name gTLD. Global Name Registry was bought in 2008 by VeriSign.


Global Name Registry was founded in 1999 to "provide personalized communication" [1]. The headquarters of Global Name Registry was located in London, UK. A number of important investors supported Global Name Registry, including Four Seasons Venture AS, Northzone Ventures AS and Carlyle Europe Venture Partners.

ICANN assigned Global Name Registry to be the domain registry operator of .name domains on 1 August 2001. The actual debut of .name domains happened shortly after, in 2002. Global Name Registry saw the .name domains as being a tool which could offer "individuals worldwide personal, memorable digital identities". The most important services offered by Global Name Registry included a personalized domain name and a personalized e-mail address with forward capabilities.

Global Name Registry was acquired by VeriSign on 1 October 2008.[2] VeriSign was approved as being the new .name gTLD by ICANN in 2009.


External links

Global Name Registry Appoints Chuck Mancini Chief Executive; New CEO Brings Wealth of Industry Experience.
Global Name Registry
The Global Name Registry Today Opens Up the Global Internet Space for Individuals' Names.
Map location of GNR headquarters