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Michel Mordant from Belgium has a fascinating website covering families of Mordants in Europe, especially Belgium and France.
In an e-mail he explained:
"On the Continent, the places of origin of the Mordant
1) Mortier and Jupille in the Liege principality (first occurance in
1417 in Mortier and 1504 in Bellaire, a village dependent of Jupille.
They were all Catholics
2) Bretagne in France and mostly the present departement of
3) Normandy in France and mostly in Eure and Seine-maritime (from
about 1600). They were mostly Protestant.
I have not found the connection between the people of Liege and the
His website is http://users.skynet.be/michel.mordant. For some reason, "skynet.be" does not like linkages and so you will need to copy and paste the address. When you reach it you will need to be able to understand French.