Whenever the subject of domain names comes up, one of the interesting points is how many are actually taken?
A quick search on the web indicates that more than 78 million COM domain names taken. And most people know that all the two-letter and three-letter COM domains are all taken.
But, what about all the words in the English language? I just happened to have a list of 100,000+ English words. And I decided to see what's left...
After a little bit of computer programming magic, I discovered this: Out of about 100,000 English words in my test dictionary, only about 8500 are available (8.5%).
How good are these available single-word domains? Almost every one of them is terrible! The word is either very obscure, or very long with lots of prefixes and suffixes. There may be a few good ones in there to be hunted down. But in general, all the decent English-single-word-domains are gone.
For reference, the 1500+ word-list is also available for download as a text file. I have another, even bigger list of 8400+ available single-word COM domains here. Note: I won't be updating these lists, so if some of the names get registered, the files will get out of date. And remember, other single words that aren't on the list may expire over time and become available.
If you don't like these names, you can still search for available multi-word COM domains using the search feature of HotNameList.com. Or, our daily twitter of available names. Or, if you really want a good single-word name, you'll need to go to a domain auction or catch an expiring name. Or, invent a word.
UPDATE APR-16-2009: Updated the 1500 word list here.
Happy Domain Hunting!