What a fun trivia fact! A well-known crypto locksmith, known for recovering lost seed phrases and private keys, unveiled some information about the origins of the term "bitcoin" and it's down right interesting. Bitcoin.org was registered via a Japanese anonymous domain registrar called AnonymousSpeech on August 18, 2008. However, there was another similar domain name registered just one day before, called Netcoin.org on the same registrar. There is no other data to uncover here, as it looks like the domain stayed dormant until it was re-purchased by a subsidiary to Web.com in 2010.
First off, thank goodness that it's still called Bitcoin. Netcoin sounds like something that came out of the Dot Com bust in the late '90s. I can imagine how a conversation in the late 2000's about this would possibly go:
"Dude, did you hear about Netcoin?"
"No man, but it sounds lame and I'll probably never invest in it."
"Same. By the way, this housing bust is crazy, dawg."
"I know, bro-sef."
PHEW, we definitely dodged a bullet there!