late 14c., from Low Ger. wrangeln
"to dispute, to wrestle," related to M.L.G. wringen
, from P.Gmc. *wrang-
, from PIE *wrengh-
, nasalized variant of *wergh-
"to turn" (see wring
). The noun is recorded from 1540s. Wrangler
"person in charge of horses or cattle, herder" is first recorded 1888; as a proprietary name for a brand of jeans, copyrighted 1947, claiming use from 1929.