This element was discovered, in 1994, by S. Hofmann, V. Ninov, F. P. Hessberger, P. Armbruster, H. Folger, G. Münzenberg, H. J. Schött, among others. These are researchers at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung (GSI) in Darmstadt, Germany.

The experiments performed by these researchers led to the production of the first atom of element 110, on the 9th of November 1994. The isotope produced, with atomic mass 169, resulted from collision reactions between nickel and lead isotopes, performed in the heavy ion accelerator UNILAC at GSI. Between 1981 and 1984 the elements 107 (bohrium), 108 (hassium), 109 (meitnerium) were also produced and identified at that institution.

Currently, the element is only referred by its IUPAC nomenclature.