William Dargue A History of BIRMINGHAM Places & Placenames from A to Y
B44 - Grid reference SP086946
Shown on the 1834 Ordnance Survey map, Brunston Hill rises north of the centre of Kingstanding; it is a lost name. The origin of this placenames is unknown but it may derive from an Anglo-Saxon personal name Old English meaning Brun, thus 'Brun's farm/ settlement' or from burna tun 'stream' + 'farm', or from Middle English brund meaning '(land) cleared by burning'. There is also an unattested word brun meaning ‘pig' which is found in placenames.
William Dargue 13.10.2008
For 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps of Birmingham go to British History Online.
See also A Vision of Britain through Time - http://visionofbritain.org.uk/maps/results.jsp?xCenter=3225476.4302299&yCenter=2920889.9569997&scale=63360&mapLayer=nineteenth&subLayer=first_edition&title=Ordnance%20Survey%20and%20Ordnance%20Survey%20of%20Scotland%20First%20Series .