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  • I know this is an old post, but you can grab the field label from the ‘posts’ table.

      if (!function_exists('getAcfLabelByName')) {
        function getAcfLabelByName($fieldName = null) {
            if (empty($fieldName)) {
                return 'No field name specified';
            // set a default in case there's an exception
            $fieldLabel = 'Not Found';
            try {
                 * ACF stores the the Labels in the
                 * wp_posts table, where the ACF label is the title
                 * and the excerpt is the field name
                global $wpdb;
                $tableName = "{$wpdb->prefix}posts";
                $labelReturned = $wpdb->get_var( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT post_title FROM $tableName 
                WHERE post_type = %s AND post_excerpt = %s", 'acf-field', $fieldName ));
                // grab the post_title from the result
                $fieldLabel = !empty($labelReturned) ? $labelReturned : 'Not Found';
            } catch (Exception $e) {
                $error = $e->getMessage();
                error_log("There was an exception finding the ACF field label by name with the message $error");
            return $fieldLabel;

    You can then use this like:

    $fieldLabel = getAcfLabelByName('field_name_here');

    For what it’s worth I created a simple plugin to add this function to your site: