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Axl Rose, Vocalist and co-founder of Guns N' Roses; William Bruce Rose Bailey (Lafayette, Indiana 6 February 1962). Born William Bruce Rose; adopted by his stepfather so his name changed to Bailey.
Billy Rose, Songwriter; William Samuel Rosenberg (New York City 6 September 1899 - 10 February 1966).
John Roselli, Gangster; Filippo Sacco, aka Don Giovanni, aka John F. Stewart (Esteria, Italy, July 4, 1905 - July 1976). Nicknamed Handsome Johnny.
Ethel Rosenberg, Spy; née Ethel Greenglass (New York City 28 September 1915 - 19 June 1953). "It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they executed the Rosenbergs" - Victoria Lucas, The Bell Jar.
Ida Rosenthal, Dressmaker; Ida Kaganovich ( 9 January 1886 - 29 March 1973). Credited as the developer of the modern brassiere. She Americanized her Kaganovich to Cohen.
Annie Ross, Actor, Annabelle Short, (England 1930).
Betsy Ross, Seamstress née Elizabeth Griscom, later Mrs. John Ross, Mrs. Joseph Ashburn, and finally Mrs. John Claypoole (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1 January 1752 - 30 January 1836). She is thought to be the maker of the first American flag.
Diana Ross, Singer; Diane Earle Ross (Detroit, Michigan 26 March 1944).
Marion Ross, Actor; Marian Ross (Albert Lea, Minnesota 25 October 1928).
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Poet and painter; Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti (London 12 May 1828 - 9 April 1882).
Portia De Rossi, Actor; Amanda Lee Rogers (Melbourne, Australia 31 January 1973). Some sources insist on Amanda Marie Rogers.
Judith Rossner, Writer; Judith Perelman (New York 1 March 1935 - 9 August 2005).
John Rostill, Bass guitarist; John Henry Rostill, (Kings Norton, Birmingham, England 16 June 1942 - 26 November 1973).
Mark Rothko, Painter, Marcus Rothkovitch, (Russia, 1903-1970).
Philip Roth, Author; Philip Milton Roth (Newark, New Jersey 19 March 1933).
Mark Rothko, Expressionist artist; Marcus Rothkovich (Dvinsk, Russia 25 September 1903 - 25 February 1970).
Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Banker; Mayer Amschel Bauer (February 1744 - 19 September 1812).
Johnny Rotten, Singer; John Joseph Lydon (Holloway, London 31 January 1956).
Mickey Rourke, Actor, boxer; Philip Andre Rourke Jr. (Schenectady, New York 16 July 1956).
Dan Rowan, Comedian; Daniel Hale Rowan (Beggs, Oklahoma 2 July 1922 - 22 September 1987). See also Dick Martin.
Tiny Rowland, "Businessman" Roland Walter Fuhrhop (British, 1917 -98).
Gena Rowlands, Actor, Virginia Catherine Rowlands, (USA, 1930).
Patsy Rowlands, Actor; Patricia Rowlands (London 19 January 1934 - 22 January 2005).
J.K.Rowling, Author; Joanne Rowling (Chipping Sodbury, England 31 July 1965). Ms Rowling added Kathleen much later, feeling the lack of a middle name.
Roy [of Siegfried and Roy], Illusionist; Roy Uwe Ludwig Horn (Nordenham, Germany 3 October 1944).
Sir Henry Royce, Engineer; Frederick Henry Royce (Alwalton in Northamptonshire 27 March 1863 - 12 April 1933).
Pete Rozelle, Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL) 1960 - 1989; Alvin Ray Rozelle (South Gate, California 1 March 1926 - 6 December 1996).
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