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Top 5 Hottest Ethereum Name Service (ENS) Domain Categories

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Top 5 ENS Categories

10k Club
Ethmoji 99 Club
999 Club
Single Ethmoji
3 Letters

Bonus: 3 Most Expensive ENS Domains
The Future of ENS

ENS is an abbreviation for Ethereum Name Service. In its simplest terms, ENS is a decentralized, open-sourced, and permissible naming system built on the Ethereum network.  

ENS’ primary role is mapping easy-to-remember domain names like Josiah.eth to computer-readable identifiers like 0xGk3…w84KQ. Since ENS supports the reverse resolution mechanism (mapping a crypto address to an ENS name), you can link metadata like your Twitter profile with your ENS domain. Moreover, you can buy or sell ENS domains as an NFT on marketplaces like OpenSea.

Read more: What is Ethereum Name Service (ENS) and How Does It Work?

Let’s take a look at the top 5 ENS categories and the 3 most expensive ENS domains in existence.

 

Top 5 ENS Categories 

There are different categories of ENS domains, primarily based on the number of characters. Apparently, names with four or fewer characters are the most popular because of their scarcity. Domain owners are forming communities based on shared ownership, such as the 10k Club for individuals who own 0000-9999 domains. Below are the top five most popular ENS categories.

10k Club

The 10k Club comprises members with a four-character ENS name ranging from 0000-9999. In other words, this Club is made of domain owners interested in trading the first 10,000 characters on ENS. 

Ethmoji 99 Club

The Ethmoji 99 Club is the third most popular ENS category. It consists of members with a two-character ENS name ranging from 0-99.  

999 Club

The 999 Club is for ENS domain owners with three characters (from 000-999). It’s the only category that presents visual depth to domain characters. 

Single Ethmoji

Ethmojis are ENS domains consisting of emoji characters and are the most popular ENS category. Generally, they are easy to remember, simple, iconic, and amusing. You can create them from Ethmoji bodies and parts like eyes, ears, etc. 

As such, Ethmojis presents a unique way of linking crypto addresses with emojis. When you create a single Ethmoji domain, all the previous Ethmoji owners earn loyalties.

3 Letters

This category consists of holders of three-letter domains. As the Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin stated on Twitter, three and four-letter domains are fixed-supply assets with utility, thus high demand. 

Three and four-letter ENS names: they’re a fixed-supply asset *and* you can do things with them!
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) August 7, 2020

 

Bonus: 3 Most Expensive ENS Domains

The most expensive ENS domain sold so far is paradigm.eth, which was auctioned for 420 ETH in October 2021! It fetched roughly $1.5 million. Despite the name being closely associated with the crypto venture capital firm Paradigm, the company denied making the purchase. 

On 03.07.2022, 000.eth domain was auctioned for 300 ETH, approximately $315,000, making it the second most expensive ENS domain in history. On-chain data from OpenSea shows that the domain was auctioned by a user going by the name EtherOS who had acquired it in June 2020. 000.eth domain was initially listed for 100 ETH in September 2021 ($300,000). The owner re-listed it in January 2022 for 500 ETH. Generally, the auction took three months before being accepted. 

So far, the third most expensive domain name is abc.eth, which was sold for 90 ETH or roughly $255,000. From paradigm.eth and abc.eth auctions, we can speculate that the major reason why they fetched big amounts is that multinational corporations like Alphabet and Paradigm may be interested in them in the future.

 

The Future of ENS

The crypto community believes ENS’ popularity will continue to eat into global blockchain identities for brands and businesses. ENS domains in other languages, like Chinese, Arabic, Swahili, French, etc. will become more dominant. 

ENS streamlines the payment process for companies. For example, AMC Theaters can leverage ENS in purchasing event tickets. The company can replace its long crypto addresses with ENS domains such as gamestop.eth. Such domains are easy-to-remember, therefore customers won’t have to copy and paste addresses for every time they make payments.

If you enjoyed this article, check out the 9 steps to buy your own ENS domain name!