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Unable to rename auto-number field in custom object

Knowledge Article Number 000230890
Description After changing the Auto-Number field Label for a custom object, on every record the Auto-Number field displays the Old name and not the New field name.  Renaming an Auto - Number field for a custom object page doesn't work directly.
Resolution To resolve this:

Click on | Setup | Customize | Tab Names and Labels | Rename Tabs and Labels | Search for custom object | Click Edit next to object | Change the Record Name | Click on Save.

This will then Rename the Field Label for the Auto-Number on all records.

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