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Or is it C is for catsup?? Oh, what’s in a name! Whether it’s ketchup or catsup, this popular condiment has had an identity crisis since its journey to Europe in 1690. The brine of pickled fish, kechap, made its way to English colonists in the present-day Malaysia-Singapore region. Called catchup by its early adopters, the sauce was tomato-free until an American cookbook brought the condiment to the United States in 1801.