It is an interesting fact that the first search engine came into existence long before the first few hundred web sites, that began in the year 1993 and most of them were at colleges.
Yes, you heard it right.
The first search engine created named ‘Archie’, launched in 1990 by Alan Emtage, who was a student at McGill University in Montreal. At first, the original intent of the name was "archives," but it was kept short with Archie.
Archie was used to help solve the data scattering problem by combining a script-based data gatherer with a regular expression matcher for retrieving file names matching a user query. Gradually, Archie get stocked into a database of web filenames which it would match to solve the user’s queries.